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Wisconsin governor announces expanded absentee voting ahead of 2024 election

State is launching series of election reforms to “protect voting rights."

Published: February 18, 2023 10:54am

Updated: February 18, 2023 10:59am

Wisconsin will move to expand absentee voting throughout the state ahead of the sure-to-be-contentious 2024 election, part of a rash of voting policies the state will alter or develop prior to that race.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said in a news release on Friday that the state as part of its voting reforms would be “eliminating the restriction on how soon a person may complete an absentee ballot in-person, making in person absentee voting more accessible.”

Among the other rules the state will be changing includes one that will allow voters to use a municipality’s voting facilities “if the voter has been a resident of that location for at least ten consecutive days before an election.” 

Evers’s administration will also supply the Wisconsin Elections Commission with nearly $175,000 in order to facilitate automatic voter registration throughout the state.

“These investments will help ensure eligible Wisconsinites can exercise their fundamental right to vote and that our local partners have the resources they need to continue administering elections safely, efficiently, and securely,” Evers said in the news release.

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