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Gov. Walker Wants To End Same Day Registration

Category: Voting
Posted: 11/21/12 18:33

by Dave Mindeman

Republicans continue to criticize voting procedures and also continue to try to make voting more difficult.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin's current project is to discredit same day registration. (Which Minnesota also uses)....

"States across the country that have same-day registration have real problems because the vast majority of their states have poll workers who are wonderful volunteers, who work 13-hour days and who in most cases are retirees. It's difficult for them to handle the volume of people who come at the last minute. It'd be much better if registration was done in advance of Election Day. It'd be easier for our clerks to handle that. All that needs to be done."

Wisconsin, a high-turnout state that has allowed citizens to register to vote on Election Day since 1976. I have not heard any complain about this process....or poll workers staing it was unmanageable.

But having this process has made Wisconsin a high turnout state (Minnesota doing even better). The article noted....

In 2008, roughly 460,000 people registered on Election Day, amounting to 15.33 percent of the overall electorate. That includes people who were changing their name or address.

I am sure it would be no small coincidence that a lot of those same day registrants are probably students and low income people who have to change addresses frequently. In other words, a high probability of Democratic votes.

As is usually the case in these Republican criticisms, there is NO actual evidence of problems....

The Government Accountability Board told CBS News that it "did not receive reports of unusual problems with Election Day Registration for the November 6, 2012 election. "There are always lines if polling places are not properly organized, but at this point we cannot attribute the length of lines to the existence of Election Day Registration," said a spokesman, who said the Board is currently studying the fiscal and administrative impact of eliminating same-day registration.
So there are no documented problems and voter participation increases by 15%.

Sounds like another solution in search of a problem.
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