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MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin State Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on election-related issues, like limited voting.

Walker said Tuesday that while the proposal hasn't been on his radar, it is something he will look at once it passes the Legislature. The state Senate was scheduled to vote on the measure Tuesday afternoon or evening.

The bill is opposed by a variety of groups who view it as an attack on access to the polls, especially for minorities. Both Milwaukee and Madison held extended voting hours in the 2012 election.

The bill would only allow in-person absentee voting to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays in the two weeks before an election. No weekend hours would be allowed.

Write-in candidates wouldn't have to be counted

Mickey Mouse, Aaron Rodgers and other famous people and characters entered as write-in candidates for public office would not have to be counted any longer under a bill before the Wisconsin state Senate.

Current law requires every vote be counted for the candidate it was intended, even if it's Mickey Mouse or Bart Simpson. Election officials say that can be a time-consuming, laborious process.

The bill up for a Senate vote Tuesday would require in most cases that write-in candidates only be counted for registered candidates. If a certified candidate dies or withdraws before the election, all write-in votes would be counted.

The proposal received unanimous support in the Senate Elections Committee.

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Wisconsin Senate to vote on limiting votes, write-ins Tuesday, March 11 2014, 09:47 PM CDT

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