On December 3, Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance held a public hearing to discuss Assembly Bill 1071. The bill included three components: requiring the presidential preference primary to be changed to the 2nd Tuesday in March rather than the 1st Tuesday in April, modifying the current statutory limitations on in person absentee voting, and modifying current law to comply with the federal Uniformed Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Representative Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) spoke out in opposition saying that county clerks are not in favor due to it being an unfunded mandate and an "abuse of power to rig a state Supreme Court election," referring to Justice Dan Kelly, who is up for reelection next year. Co-Chair of the Committee, Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), spoke in support of the bill by saying, "From my perspective, it's a fairness issue...I've had constituents say to me, 'Why should Milwaukee have all this availability to vote when I've got one day a week or a half a day to go in and early vote."
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