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National Democrats sue to block Wisconsin's absentee voting witness requirements

Associated Press

MADISON, WI (AP)— A national Democratic law firm is suing Wisconsin elections officials over the state's witness requirements for absentee voting.

Elias Law Group is representing four Wisconsin voters. It argued Monday that demanding a witness signature on an absentee ballot envelope violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

State law currently requires clerks to reject those ballots missing a witness' signature or address, and a judge ruled last year that clerks cannot fix or fill in missing witness information.

The rules for voting in Wisconsin are of heightened interest ahead of the 2024 presidential election, given its place as one of a handful of presidential battlegrounds.

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