Wisconsin’s Legislature just voted to restrict early voting. But what if lawmakers did everything they could to make voting easier? What would that look like? The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel runs through some scenarios.
Voting rights advocates are mobilizing after Scott Walker signed a lame-duck bill limiting early voting, a move that is being characterized as “retribution” by Republicans and an attempt to “stack the deck” against Democrats by discriminating against African Americans and Latinos. > The Guardian
A coalition of liberal groups and former Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have asked a federal judge to block implementation of the new early voting restrictions signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker last week. The same judge in 2016 struck down a similar two-week early voting limitation as unconstitutional. > AP News
Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans are claiming lame-duck legislation would make early voting uniform across the state — a contention that was rejected by a federal judge two years ago. That same judge is expected to weigh in on the matter again if Walker signs the early voting restrictions in the coming weeks. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wednesday’s move by lawmakers to rein in early voting in Wisconsin will disenfranchise voters and create confusion for election officials already awaiting a court ruling on the issue as they head into a February primary, election officials and observers said. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
AP News provides a rundown of the bills Wisconsin Republican lawmakers passed Wednesday to weaken the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general and curtail early voting, among several other bills.
With an Assembly vote shortly after 8 a.m., the Republican-controlled state Legislature has approved new limits on the power of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers in their lame-duck session, as well as limited early voting and given state lawmakers more power over the state’s economic development agency, which Evers has said he would like to eliminate. > Wisconsin Public Radio