State Assembly debates voter bills

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 7:32

A marathon Assembly session is in underway at the capitol. Legislators are expected to debate drastic election reform bills, until 2 in the morning.

A Republican backed bill could change the times people can vote. That bill would create a standard for absentee voting times.

Sponsors say it's not fair for people to be able to vote at all hours of the day in some cities, and have restricted hours in others.

The other Republican backed bills will tackle the ongoing issues of voter identification, and recalls for elected officials.

The Associated Press reports that only those Wisconsin state officials charged with a serious crime or ethical violation could be recalled from office under a constitutional amendment that has passed the state Assembly.

The Republican-controlled Assembly passed the amendment 53-39 with all Democrats opposed. The measure must pass the Senate and the full Legislature again next session before it would be put to a vote of the people.

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