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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. Photo: Melina Mara - Pool/Getty Images)

Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday vetoed several bills passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature that would impose new restrictions on absentee ballots.

Driving the news: The bills seek to prevent election workers from filling in missing information on absentee ballots — making it punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and three years in prison — and require disabled and older voters to show ID to be able to vote via absentee ballot.

  • They would have also made it a felony for nursing home or other case facility employees to help residents apply for an absentee ballot.
  • One of the bills would have required voters to fill out more paperwork and show ID whenever they vote absentee.
  • The bills would have also made it illegal to collect voter ballots earlier than two weeks prior to the election.

Between the lines: State Republicans don't have the necessary votes to override the veto, AP reports.

The big picture: President Biden narrowly defeated former President Trump in Wisconsin during the 2020 presidential election.

  • While a series of court rulings have confirmed Biden's win, Republicans have launched reviews of the 2020 election results, per AP.

What he's saying: "Across the country, the right to vote is under attack. But here in Wisconsin, I’m making sure we keep elections fair, secure, and accessible by vetoing a series of GOP bills that attack the heart of our democratic process," Evers said.

  • "Wisconsin Republicans are determined to take away the right to vote and tilt the scales in their favor," he added.
  • "Make no mistake, these bills disproportionately impact communities of color, senior citizens, and those living with disabilities. Politicians should focus on making voting more accessible for everyone, not add barriers to decrease participation."

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Nonpartisan Wisconsin audit finds 2020 election "largely safe and secure"

A poll worker feeds a voting tabulation machine with absentee ballots in the gym at Sun Prairie High School on Nov. 3, 2020, in Sun Prairie, Wisc. Photo: Andy Manis/Getty Images

A nonpartisan audit of the 2020 presidential race results in Wisconsin found no evidence of widespread voter fraud and determined the swing state's election had been "largely safe and secure."

Why it matters: The results further undermine former President Donald Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud throughout the country.

What to know before heading to the polls in Austin

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Early voting for the Nov. 2 election is here, and Austin voters will weigh in on two local propositions, in addition to eight Texas constitutional amendments.

State of play: So far, turnout has been low. Just 2.25% of Travis County voters headed to polls or voted by mail during the first three days of early voting, according to the Travis County clerk's office.

Yes, but: That's not unusual for an election in which no major political offices are on the ballot.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.