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Republicans look to limit early-voting in lame-duck session

Posted: 6:19 PM, Nov 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-01 00:19:43Z

Republican lawmakers have finally released their lame-duck session bills.

The measures make sweeping changes across state government, chief among them moving the 2020 presidential primary from April to March and limiting in-person early voting to a two-week window before an election.

Right now municipalities set their own hours and dates for in-person absentee voting.

The bills also would dramatically weaken Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. The proposals would eliminate the state Department of Justice's solicitor general's office, require all DOJ settlement winnings to go into the state's general fund and allow legislators to hire their own attorneys in disputes over statutes' constitutionality and bypass the DOJ.

The measures also would give Republicans control of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's board and eliminate the governor's ability to appoint the board's CEO.