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Several election-related bills still moving through legislature

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Several Republican-authored bills concerning elections are still moving through the Legislature as it heads into the final weeks of this session.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports eight of the 15 bills have Democratic support, but Dan Romportl, spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, said the fate of four other bills is unknown.

One would limit in-person absentee voting to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays in the two weeks before an election. Another would create buffer zones for election observers. A third would exempt issue advocacy groups from disclosing campaign finances and faces Republican opposition in the Senate, making it unlikely to pass. The fourth would allow lobbyists to make campaign donations starting on April 15, rather than June 1, in an election year.

A bill proposed by Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman, of West Bend, would eliminate same-day voter registration and has yet to gain traction.
Elections officials have said a bill like that could eliminate 10 to 13 percent of votes in elections.

Fitzgerald said bills that haven't been introduced this late in the session have no chance at making it to the floor.
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