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Committee approves revised election bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly’s elections committee has approved a bill that would increase campaign contribution limits and allow voters to register online.

The bill originally included language that would have allowed people to opt out of showing photo identification at the polls if they swear to poll inspectors they’re poor. The provision was intended to overcome an injunction blocking voter ID requirements in Wisconsin.

Election watchers complained at a public hearing last week the bill would force poor people to embarrass themselves at the polls. The bill’s Republican author huddled with Democrats and came up with a new version that doesn’t include any voter ID language. The measure would instead double contribution limits and let voters register through a state website.

The committee approved the bill 8-1.

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