Democratic groups file motion for federal judge to block bill signed by Walker

Gov. Scott Walker signs three pieces of legislation during a news conference Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 in Green Bay. (Haley BeMiller/The Post-Crescent via AP)

(WLUK) -- Aftermath of the legislation ‘special sessions' earlier this month continues days after Governor Walker signed off on the bills.

The GOP approved bills include shifting some executive powers to the legislature and weakening the power of the incoming democratic administration. One bill requires federal money to be used on state highway projects. And one restricts early voting to just two weeks before an election.

Some local groups are asking a federal judge to block that piece of legislation.

Hours after Governor Walker signed the package of bills on Friday, liberal groups threatened legal action.

“It could impact the outcome of future elections,” said Citizens Action of Wisconsin’s Northeast Wisconsin co-op organizer, Jolie Lizotte.

The bill restricts early voting to 24 hours a day two weeks before an election.

“What they’re claiming, it’s the same number of hours,” said Lizotte.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin says a 2016 federal court ruling prohibits state imposed restrictions on early voting.

Monday, they filed a motion in that case, claiming the new laws are a violation of the federal court's previous order.

“A judge already found those early voting restrictions that the republicans tried to pass previously to be racist and unconstitutional,” said Lizotte.

However, Gov. Walker defended the bill after he signed it Friday saying it's the fair thing to do.

“One of the complaints we heard was why is it some jurisdictions were able to have early voting for a couple weeks and others could have early voting for as many as five or six weeks. This says it should be uniform. It should be uniform in terms of the number of days," said Gov. Walker.

Lizotte says the organization believes the judge will find the same ruling on the new law.

“We hope they block enforcement on it and that come the next set of elections in the spring these won't be in effect,” she said.

The new motion asks that the court to decide before the next election on April 2.

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