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Apr 5, 2012 11:08 AM by AP

House agrees to shorten poll hours on election day

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state House is supporting a proposal to shorten voting hours on most election days in Louisiana.

Currently, poll hours run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The measure by Baton Rouge Rep. Franklin Foil would push back the opening of polls to 7 a.m. on Saturday elections, which are most elections in the state.

Foil says the bill would shorten work days for poll workers. He says the state offers enough early voting days for people to access the polls despite their work schedules.

Opponents said the change could limit voting opportunities for people, like shift workers who have 12-hour work days.

The House sent the bill to the Senate with a 59-41 vote Wednesday.

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