By Tim Kowols
New rules passed by the Wisconsin Legislature Wednesday morning could have a negative effect on absentee voting. Senate Bill 884 standardizes the absentee voting window to 14 days before an election statewide when municipalities were allowed to pick their own times before. Republicans say setting the limit promotes fairness across the state while Democrats believe it will hamper early voting both in person and through the mail. Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says the issue is likely going to court if Governor Scott Walker signs it into law.
Governor Walker will also consider bills passed by the Wisconsin Legislature to limit incoming Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul’s ability to make changes to its lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act, the state’s voter identification law, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.