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House Bill 1178 passed out of committee Thursday, which if passed, will cut the early voting period in South Dakota by half.  Currently early voting starts 46 days before an election, this legislation will cut that down to 21.  The original legislation called for early voting to be cut down to as few as 14 days.  Opponents include several county auditors who worry about more work and longer lines on election day with a shorter voting period.  Other concerns are those with disabilities and elderly voters could be disenfranchised by this legislation. 

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