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Schimel drops early voting fight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee and Madison apparently will be able to start early voting next month.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is dropping an attempt to block the state’s largest cities from staring early voting in September for the Nov. 8 election.

A panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court on Monday denied a request by state attorneys to block expanded early voting hours. Schimel could have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved, but his spokesman tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Schimel decided not to do that.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson in July struck down a host of Wisconsin’s election laws, including limits on early voting. Schimel is continuing his appeal.

Madison plans to begin early voting Sept. 26. Milwaukee plans to allow early voting around the same time.


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