MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Early in-person voting is underway in Wisconsin.
Voting began Monday in Wisconsin Rapids. The city clerk’s office said about 25 people had cast ballots as of late Monday afternoon. Early voting is set to get underway on Sept. 26 in Madison and Milwaukee, the state’s two largest cities.
Republicans passed laws in 2011 and 2014 restricting early in-person voting to the 10 weekdays between the third Monday before the election and the Friday immediately preceding it.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson struck down the limitations in July as part of a broad ruling invalidating a number of Republican-authored election laws, saying the restrictions on early in-person voting created a burden on voters and no weekend voting intentionally discriminates against Democratic-leaning black people in Milwaukee.
Now the only restriction on early in-person voting is it can’t occur on the Monday before the election.