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New early-voting restriction will affect cities like MerrillSubmitted: 12/20/2018
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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New early-voting restriction will affect cities like Merrill
MERRILL - In Merrill, more and more people choose to vote early, rather than waiting until election day.

But those early voters will have their options limited by a new state law.

The law restricts early voting to two weeks before an election.

"We usually open early voting as soon as possible. The last two elections, it started four weeks before the election," said Merrill City Clerk Bill Heideman.

Last week, Gov. Walker signed the Republican bill limiting early voting to two weeks before an election.


Liberal groups are challenging the law.

More than 250 people in Merrill voted early in November's election.

"I think people have now realized that, in addition to absentee balloting, there is the option to come in and vote in person. They like the convenience," Heideman said.

A federal judge ruled against a similar law two years ago.

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