Voters in the state’s liberal strongholds will be able to start early voting a month before what would have been allowed under a law that was recently struck down. Voters in Milwaukee and Madison may also be able to participate in early voting at multiple sites — a practice that hasn’t been allowed in the past. That would give local officials a chance to set up voting stations on college campuses, rather than requiring people to come to clerks’ offices to cast ballots early. The early voting plans could change, however, because an appeals court is now reviewing a federal judge’s decision that struck down a host of election laws. Madison will begin early voting Sept. 26, the city clerk’s office announced Thursday. The presidential election and other races will be decided Nov. 8. Before the judge’s ruling, early voting was slated to begin around the state Oct. 24, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, said Milwaukee’s early voting schedule will likely be published next week. He expects that the state’s largest city will follow a timeline similar to Madison.
“The law had been whittled down, so we’re working out the final details but it will include multiple voting sites and weekend hours,” Albrecht said.
Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said Madison is also looking at allowing early voting in multiple locations, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus being a priority.
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