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Assembly Republican leader wants early voting limits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Assembly wants legislation next year to standardize and restrict early voting to make it more similar in rural and urban areas.

Speaker Robin Vos says everyone in the state should have the same opportunity to vote.

A federal judge in July struck down a series of voting limits passed by GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers. His decision, which is being appealed, rejected claims by Republicans that they were trying to make early voting hours uniform.

Since then, Democratic strongholds like Madison and Milwaukee have expanded their early voting locations, hours and days for voters.

Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Republicans will risk more legal setbacks if they try to restrict early voting again.

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