Here we go again. A court fight is about to get underway over restrictions Wisconsin lawmakers have put on our right to vote. The lame duck legislature, in a series of bills designed to keep the republican’s hold on power, passed legislation restricting early voting opportunities to just two weeks before the election. In the last election, some counties, including Milwaukee and Dane provided six weeks of early voting. Governor Walker says it is important that there be consistency among Wisconsin counties when it comes to voting. But that ignores the fact that local county clerks remain free to set their own early voting hours, up to the maximum of two weeks. Some counties will provide less than two weeks of early voting. So much for consistency. This effort comes just two years after a judge ruled a similar effort to put restrictions on voting was declared unconstitutional. The same judge in that case will hear this case. We don’t know what the outcome will be, but we know it will be expensive to taxpayers, This will be a drawn out legal fight,and its likely the only winners will be the lawyers. No matter the ruling, the losing side is likely to appeal, further drawing out the costly legal fight. More than a half million people in Wisconsin voted in-person absentee, a growing trend. We should be making it easier for people to exercise their right to cast a ballot, not harder. These restrictions should be thrown out, and local clerks should be free to set their own rules in an effort to best serve their voters.