Voting on the weekend could be a thing of the past in Wisconsin. The state Assembly will vote on a bill Thursday that would limit early voting hours to weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The measure would also require the state to pay half the expenses for small communities offering early voting. The state Senate passed the bill last week 17-16. All Democrats voted against it. State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, wrote the bill.
“Obviously, it’s completely unfair to have some cities, which receive huge amounts of state aid, to have voting on weekends when you don’t have that in other areas,” said Grothman.
However, State Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, says the measure will keep some people away from the polls.
“I think it’s a really, unfortunately, a very shameful attempt to suppress the vote, reduce our democratic participation in our elections,” said Genrich.