Does Scott Walker Want to Kill Same-Day Voter Registration?

Democrats blast comments made by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that it would be "much better" if registration was only allowed before Election Day.

Wisconsin Democrats are jumping on comments made by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that the election process would be "much better" if voters didn't register at the polls on Election Day, something that has been allowed in the state since the 1970s.

Speaking at a Reagan Foundation event Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library near Los Angeles, Walker initially answered an audience member's question about the need to protect the vote by reiterating his support of the state's Voter ID law.

Then he brought up the state law that allows voters to register on Election Day:

"States across the country that have same-day registration have real problems because the vast majority of the states have poll workers who are wonderful volunteers who work 13-hour days and in most cases are retirees. It's difficult for them to handle the volume of folks who come in at the last minute (to vote).

"It would be much better if registration was done in advance of Election Day. It would be easier for our clerks to handle that. All that needs to be done."

Wisconsin is one of just nine states that allows voters to register on Election Day and was the third in the nation to do so in the 1970s, according to the nonpartisan group Project Vote.

Part of a dangerous agenda?

Although Walker did not directly call for the law to be overturned, Democrats saw his comments as an indication that the governor would push for an eliminating of same-day registration.

"Campaigning at the Ronald Reagan Foundation in California instead of communicating with Wisconsinites, Scott Walker rolled out the next phase of his dangerous legislative agenda, advocating the elimination of Wisconsin's same-day voter registration laws," said state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate in a statement Monday.

“As evidenced by robust levels of voter turnout and participation, Wisconsinites take our civic duty seriously, and same-day voter registration has played a part in ensuring that every eligible elector is able to cast their ballot," he added. "Yet, despite our state’s history of expanding voting rights and running clean and open elections, Scott Walker and his Republican Party have attempted to erect unnecessary road blocks that impede voter access – especially for students, seniors and minorities – at every turn."

Tate's comments were echoed by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Clearly, the governor is upset with the election results and believes the outcome here in Wisconsin would have been different if there was no same-day registration," Barrett told the newspaper. "Their goal is to suppress votes of people who don't vote for Republicans."

Vos backs dropping same-day registration

Among those who support eliminating same-day registration is state Rep. Robin Vos, the incoming speaker of the Assembly who represents portions of Racine County.

Kit Beyer, a spokeswoman for Vos, told Patch Monday that the Republican leader had no reaction to the governor's comments, but does back the elimination of same-day registration and has supported such legislation in the past.

"However, there's no legislation that at this point that we know of being drafted for next session" on this issue, Beyer said.

robert heule November 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Hey Tarnished Angel, bus riding is a privilege, not a right
morninmist November 29, 2012 at 04:51 PM
newsflash for you KHD: America United @Progress2day 3m Walker Probe Is to Determine If & When a Crime Was Committed bit.ly/TrYYYh #Walkergate #wiunion #wiright #p2 #p2b #wigov #wipolitics ·
morninmist November 29, 2012 at 04:58 PM
They prefer ideology over jobs in WI: Each year, ALEC ranks the states on how tightly they adhere to the group's policy recommendations—from personal and corporate tax rates, to public sector employment levels, to right-to-work laws—as a predictor of their economic growth. The study released Wednesday, by the Iowa Policy Project and Good Jobs First, two policy groups that promote economic growth at the state level, introduces those rankings to reality. It concludes: "A hard look at the actual data finds that the ALEC…recommendations not only fail to predict positive results for state economies—the policies they endorse actually forecast worse state outcomes for job creation and paychecks." Let's take a look. In six key measures of economic growth, ALEC's "Economic Outlook Rankings" fail to coincide with the actual economic outlook of a state over time. On the horizontal axis we have all 50 states' ALEC economic grades from 2007, when ALEC started its ranking system. The vertical axis shows the percent change in actual economic performance from 2007 until last year. If ALEC's fortune-telling were correct , the plotted points would form an upward, rightward line, with a better score corresponding with a better economy. But what happens is pretty much the opposite: Mother Jones @MotherJones 5m Study: ALEC is Bad for the Economy bit.ly/V5vDnX
morninmist November 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
@GovWalker said jobs would come flowing in after the recall. He LIES. @SpudLovr 5m RT @bluecheddar1: Growth elsewhere, but not in Fitzwalkerstan jakehasablog.blogspot.com/2012/11/growth… #wiunion ....You'll notice several Wisconsin areas in the dark yellow, or lowest 20% of income growth. These include Sheboygan, Oshkosh, La Crosse, Eau Claire, and Wausau, and Milwaukee, Fond du Lac, Green Bay and Janesville/Beloit joined these places in the bottom 40%. Only the Madison and Appleton areas had personal income increases above the U.S's rate of 5.2% for Scott Walker's first year in office - and Madison's high ranking was a much due to increasing population than income. This bad performance is also reflected in Wisconsin's per capita income stats (or income per person), and it especially looks bad when you realize the state survived the Great Recession better than any of its Midwestern neighbors, and had a much smaller decline than the U.S. as a whole. These numbers also account for the extra damage to incomes caused by inflation. Drop in real per capita income, 2008-2010 Wis. -4.49% .....more....
morninmist November 29, 2012 at 05:19 PM
This teabagger makes WI proud (NOT!!) One Wisconsin Now Requests District Attorney Interview Senator Grothman Regarding Voting Impropriety Claims onewisconsinnow.org/press/one-wisc… Does Grothman Have Proof? Or Are His Allegations the Real Fraud? Madison -- One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross has requested the Washington County District Attorney interview State Senator Glen Grothman, under oath, to determine what, if any, factual information the Senator has regarding serious allegations of voting impropriety he recently made during a radio interview. Ross commented, “We all care about making sure our elections are free and fair. If Senator Grothman believes he has concrete evidence of improper voting, it is incumbent upon him to bring that evidence to the proper authorities.” In a radio interview on November 15th on WTDY, Grothman indicated that he believed that at least some of President Obama’s roughly 200,000 vote margin of victory in Wisconsin was partially the result of improper voting. .... He went on to say that “… the question is whether it’s good that people who live in Illinois vote in Wisconsin” and that “ … there are some members of the Democratic Party that who, um, like to get a few extra votes here and there.” “In the event Senator Grothman has been too busy to bring forward any evidence he may have to back


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