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Proposal would move date of Wisconsin primary


MADISON (AP) -- The date of Wisconsin's primary election would be moved to the second Tuesday in August under a proposal being floated in the state Assembly.

The bill by Republican Rep. Don Pridemore would also do away with straight party-line voting, but retain the ability for a person to register to vote on election day. He is proposing it as a follow up to another bill working its way through the Legislature requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

That measure is the subject of a public hearing Wednesday before an Assembly committee.

Changing the primary date is necessary in order for Wisconsin to comply with deadlines under federal law for mailing ballots to military and overseas voters. The state's primary currently is the second Tuesday in September.

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