City leaders to gather, urge Gov. Walker to veto early voting bill

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- City leaders will gather Thursday, March 27th in Milwaukee and Madison to urge Gov. Walker to veto a bill that would impose new restrictions on early voting in Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee event will feature speakers discussing the impact of early voting restrictions on voters in Southeastern Wisconsin -- especially seniors, minorities and persons with disabilities.

In Madison a press conference will be followed by the delivery of a petition signed by over 10,000 state residents calling for a veto of Senate Bill 324, the early voting restriction legislation, to Gov. Walker’s office.

On Wednesday, March 12th, Republican senators voted to restrict early voting across the state, as Democrats claimed the real motivation was “voter suppression.”

If approved and signed by Gov. Walker, the bill would limit in-person absentee voting to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the two weeks before an election. No weekend voting would be allowed and only 45 hours a week of early voting would be permitted.