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Arkansas lawmakers consider cutting early voting by 1 day



LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — A proposal to cut early voting by one day is advancing in Arkansas’ legislature as lawmakers near the end of this year’s session.

The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would eliminate early voting on the day before primaries and general elections.

The measure now goes to the House.

Republican Sen. Kim Hammer, the bill’s sponsor, argued the change was needed to give election officials a pause between early voting and Election Day.

But opponents said it would remove an opportunity to vote for people who can’t make it to the polls at other times.