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.

FreeThought Troy November 21, 2012 at 04:30 PM
@ED Holladay I am off today. I have no idea if you are that sarcastic and great or that wayyyy out there. It's hilarious no matter the case.
Bren November 21, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Brian Dey, so you can't produce a link to your job numbers? Or you don't wish to reveal they are derived from some right-wing blog. And of course I am acquainted with MoveOn.org--a collection vehicle for political articlesMy question to you was, what was MoveOn.org "koolaid?" My "koolaid" comes from multiple legitimate news sources from around the world.
Brian Dey November 21, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Bren- It is right where I said it was. Too difficult for such a superior mind to look it up? http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm Paragraph 6. Face it. Wisconsin is doing fine under the current administration. So much so, that Walker is asked to go to states so that they can replicate HIS success. You see Bren, I understand that you are not capable of comprehending that Walker is setting the agenda, not ALEC. He is a true leader. Not something you find on your side of aisle, at least not since JFK. As for the koolaid, I think its obvious that MoveOn.org gets there info from the same sources you do, hence the reference. And I find it very odd that after your complaining about Walker's travels, you make no comment about your former liberal leader's travels. Far more thatn Walker's and on the taxpayers dime, unlike Walker. You may want to try taking off your blue tainted glasses and join us in the real world. Your fantasy world is collapsing around you. You make this way too easy...;)
Steve ® November 21, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The problem is they can not confirm anything like they can do ahead of time. And even ahead of like Oct 17 you can register without ID. insane. The GAB even brags about it. If you can not confirm that they say that they say who they are and give them a ballot, once it's in the box it's recorded forever. You can not register and receive a passport the same day you are traveling. Personally I think we need to change these open doors for fraud and voting in WI. You have 364 days to register to vote, get off your ass and do it. We keep pandering to the lowest of the low.
Bren November 21, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Brian Dey, I always prefer that assertions are backed up with data on the front end. If you as the writer are asking for my time in reading your views, a link respects us both. It doesn't change the fact that any bump our state gets is a gift from improvements in the overall economy. I heartily disagree with your premise that Wisconsin is doing well. You see, I learn about people who are not "doing well" now and who have children who are going to face additional and wholly unnecessary struggles in the future because of decisions being made right now, every day. Impossible to stick my head in the sand. Those states and groups that ask for Prophet Walker are in the extreme fringe and I'm sure they want to replicate his "success." Recipe: ALEC checklist, rubber-stamp administration, and bingo! Whatever your "understanding" of my comprehension, my view is based on direct personal contact, observation, experience and independent research. How did Walker came to join ALEC in the early 1990s as a new state legislator, was he was profiled as malleable clay while working on a political campaign or...? He has been following a path designed for him for the past 14-15 years. That's not setting an agenda, it's following. That explains the universal "we." I maintain that whatever political independence Walker may ever have had has been utterly subsumed. Research is available to all--you, me, and MoveOn.org. What of it?
Brian Dey November 21, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Bren- And mine is of personal, first-hand knowledge of the man and the policies he has enacted. I've personally known Scott for the past 11 years. I've worked with him on causes in the early stages of his political career and the man you think you know so well, is not the man I've come to know. He has always been a leader and not a follower as you describe him. He saw corruption, and went after it, not for political gain, but because it was the right thing to do. He had to be talked into running for CE because others saw that he had a unique ability for a conservative of becoming a CE in one of the most liberal areas of the state. Talk about character, when I was running the Mark Green for Governor Campaign in Racine County, Walker was challenging Mark Green. He contacted several of us the night before he withdrew his name to see why some of us that supported him as CE were working for the Green Team. After are heart to heart talk, on his own he came to the conclussion that a heated primary would hurt the chances of either candidate to beat Doyle, so he withdrew. For someone you claim has all these political aspirations, that was a huge risk as it might have set any preordained schedule to his rise had Mark Green won. I worked with him on Support the Troop efforts early on in the War on Terrorism. As founder of Just Cause Wisconsin, I asked that he speak at our events. He did more than that by helping get others involved. cont...
Brian Dey November 21, 2012 at 08:35 PM
cont... These were intended to gather donations to send to our troops who were newly at war. Because of his help, we were able to to send over 100,000 care packages to our troops. He showed real leadership. I could go on and on, but Scott Walker is a man of character and displays leadership unheard of in politics today. I'm proud to call him my Governor and apparently a majority of the state is also. I'm not sure of what you think the hidden agenda is here, but it has been nothing but successful. Keeping taxes down in a recession is a good thing. Asking public workers, who had been untouchable for years, to finally contribute to their pensions and healthcare was necessary. The sky didn't fall, and many districts, including my own, have more money under Act 10 then they had before. That is a good thing. Nothing radical about conceal carry as 48 other states already had it. Nothing radical about having a balanced budget. Nothing radical about wanting to make sure people voting are who they say they are. Nothing radical about ending same day registration as 41 other states didn't have it. Nothing radical about making the state more attractable to business, as business is the means to creating jobs. Believe it or not, these are mainstream ideas, not coming from the fringe. As far as rubberstamping, Doyle did the same with the union agenda. We are far better off now.
Bren November 21, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Brian Dey, are we discussing the same man? Scott Walker was caught cheating in an election while at MU. He has been introducing ALEC legislation since the early 1990s and requested legislation from that organization after his election. Where do these facts come into play in your narrative? Complimenting Walker for "going after corruption" is an interesting plaudit given recent events described in the MJS. I submit that the man you met is a crafted persona. And he seemed motivated during his first (recall-inspired) run at the CE's office. Remember his over-the-top pledge to step down if people weren't happy with his performance after 30 days? I do. I also know that once entrenched, nothing less than a better opportunity would get him out of that office. Actions, not words, are the measurement. Concerning Mark Green, it makes sense that Walker would try to measure his chances for success and take the high road when failure was imminent. Just Cause? An opportunity to be the center of attention. I see nothing in your description to revise my opinion of Walker as a consummate opportunist. I would also "say" that you appear to have a far deeper and practical commitment to service than Scott Walker. I adjure you to reflect further on your history with the man. He is building a nice career for himself off the backs of people like you.
Brian Dey November 22, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Bren- Just to clarify, Just Cause Wisconsin was an organization that I and the late D.J. Casser co-founded. The event I refer to is found here: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1683&dat=20030412&id=56caAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gkMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4929,519014 And our organization was responsible for the ouster of the Dodge County chair and the conviction of her husband in a hit and run death of 17 yr old Jimmy Gengler: http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=39754599&targetid=profile Just Cause Wisconsin was not a Walker organization, but mine. JCW also was involved with Operation Freedom, the event held by Milwaukee County at the zoo for free admission for veterans and active military members..
CowDung November 22, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Bren: If you prefer data 'up front' and 'a link respects us both', why do you seem to always insist that other people 'do their own research' when they ask you for a link to support your claims?
morninmist November 23, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Walker just makes stuff up. @SpudLovr Wisconsin clerks fighting Walker on same-day voter registration: http://bit.ly/TTG6Qr #wiunion ...But there are several reasons why Walker will likely have more trouble getting such a bill through the Legislature than he might have had last session. Wisconsin's 1,400 municipal clerks will likely be against the change. While the governor claimed changing the law would "make it easier for our clerks," to handle registration, rather than volunteer poll workers, a top official with the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association forcefully pushed back. "It will make it more burdensome," says Sun Prairie City Clerk Dianne Hermann-Brown, a former clerks association president who currently heads the group's election communication committee. "It would be a logistical nightmare." ... But doing away with same-day registration would force Wisconsin to submit to a number of federal mandates aimed at increasing ballot accessibility, she says. In particular, the state would have to begin offering voter registration through the Division of Motor Vehicles, a requirement that Hermann-Brown says would lead to inexperienced state officials handling voting rights... .
morninmist November 23, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Walker is moving on up into the national scene. He will leave the Wis taxpayers to pay the legal costs!! But, there is hope he will be indicted.... Winning at all costs - JSOnline http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/purple-wisconsin/180213811.html … .....Why would they do something that would prevent more people from having a say on Election Day? Because the people that take advantage of same-day registration are those least likely to vote for them. It’s the same reason the Republicans supported the unconstitutional idea of voter IDs. They will do anything it takes to win. Ending same-day registration will have a detrimental impact on a number of people – primarily students and low-income individuals who tend to be renters and move more frequently. According to City of Milwaukee Election Director Neil Albrecht, during the 2012 recall, most of the city’s voter registration activity occurred on or near the college campuses. If we did not have same-day registration, nearly 17 percent of people in Milwaukee who voted would not have been able to participate in this election. That would have dropped us from 87 percent of registered voters participating to 70 percent. .... Let’s hope Scott Walker, Robin Vos and others quit playing politics with our right to participate in the democratic process. We saw them try with voter ID, and they failed. Now they are going to try to disenfranchise people again. They will stop at nothing to win.
Bren November 23, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Brian Dey, that was precisely my point about Just Cause and your own commitment to service. While you and I have some different political views I perceived your sincerity and your documentation proves me right. That same perspicacity revealed different impressions about Scott Walker, subsequently backed up by experience and research. There are indeed givers and takers in the world. You are a giver and Scott Walker is a taker. "Takers" have their uses but never leave them unattended if you get my drift. Cow, how many times must one re-present the same data? One may always review my comment history for links to data I've presented (usually more than once). Concerning requests for links from others, with the recent infestation of right wing propaganda sites thinly disguised as "news" sites, and the always-shaky math of the Heritage Foundation, it's important that everyone becomes aware of what is legitimate data and what is not. An unfortunate sign of the times. I'll try to overcome my legendary lack of patience and post salient links as often as needed in the future.
morninmist November 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Learn to care!! Walker insulting — registration at polls NOT a problem: http://bit.ly/QzZ441 Dear Editor: Gov. Scott Walker made remarks opposing same day voter registration when he spoke in California recently. Incoming Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also wants to eliminate same day registration in Wisconsin. I believe they want to strike down this decades-old Wisconsin law in order to suppress registration of certain voters who they fear. Walker claimed that states with 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.” As a retiree, I resent his insult to my abilities, and I would challenge both him and Vos to do a better job than I do in registering voters. I have years of experience, and before every election I am trained in changes to the registration form and rules for registration. His implication that registering voters is too difficult and tiring for old people (retirees) is baloney. I spent the entire day on Nov. 6 registering voters, and it was the busiest and most relaxing day I have ever spent working at the polls! Registering voters at the polls is NOT a problem. I think the real reason Walker and Vos want to get rid of same day registration is that they want fewer minorities, poor, and young people to vote. Mary Madison
morninmist November 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
@KHD No, smart folks will not bet on it.
morninmist November 23, 2012 at 08:52 PM
yeah--President of the Tea Party. Maybe he can get more votes than his buddy @lyingRyan! ha ha
morninmist November 27, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Walker will just have Vos turn in the ALEC written bill and Walker will sign it. http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/scott-walker-confident-hes-not-subject-of-investigation-of-former-aides-gi7pige-180844821.html ...Voter registration: He said comments he made earlier this month in California about his support for doing away with same-day voter registration have received undue attention. While he would sign such a bill, it is not a priority, he said....
KHD November 28, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Walker will not be charged. Morningmist, you have no clue. You make a fool of yourself every time. Your a real pip. hahahahaha
morninmist November 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
@K.. Case is still open. ta ta.... Blogging Blue @BloggingBlue 14m Gov. Walker’s hopes dashed; John Doe investigation remains open: Governor Walker had high hopes that the John Do... bit.ly/TotUYO Governor Walker had high hopes that the John Doe investigation would soon be closed, maybe even as early as this week. That’s what he told reporters on Tuesday, anyway. But it seems Gov. Walker’s hopes have been dashed, as the judge overseeing the John Doe investigation just confirmed that it’s still open. From NBC 15 via AP: MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The judge overseeing the investigation into former aides of Gov. Scott Walker says the probe remains open. Walker said on Tuesday that he hoped the so-called “John Doe” investigation would end as early as this week. But retired Waukesha County Judge Neal Nettesheim told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his home Wednesday “that would be pure conjecture.” Nettesheim says, “The John Doe is not completed. It is still open.”......... ............................. KHD 3:45 am on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Walker will not be charged. Morningmist, you have no clue. You make a fool of yourself every time. Your a real pip. hahahahaha
morninmist November 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
KHD Even small city Wisconsin knows the WalkerJohnDoe case is still open. http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/daily_updates/article_13e58e2c-3970-11e2-8811-0019bb2963f4.html
morninmist November 28, 2012 at 06:45 PM
robert heule November 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
This is another case of Walker/Koch Bros./ALEC conspiracy to deny non white, the young, seniors, women, renters and frequent movers the right to vote. This demographic group generally votes Democratic. In case the intellectually challenged Teabagger/Goppers don't know it, same day registration requires A PHOTO ID for proof of residence. The voter fraud issue is as phoney as a Kentucky Colonel (Hey Mitch are your dues Paid?) Walker, the son of a preacher man stands before the people of this state and lies saying that poll workers are "over worked" because because of same day registration, when in fact most enjoy promoting democracy. To show how outrageous the anti same day registration movement is, a Waukesha County Republican poll worker told a right-wing talk show host that she could tell that some same day registered voters weren't qualified to vote by looking at them. The GOP is out of tune with the American people.
FreeThought Troy November 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I don't know if I would go that far, robert. I think as long as one is rich, white and male, the TeaPublican Party is 100% in tune with you. If you are anything but rich, or white, or male. Then you are a "taker not a maker" and completely on your own.
Steve ® November 28, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Funny, those are the same group of people that "generally" vote democratic but can't seem to produce an ID to vote. Interesting. Same day voter registration does not allow a check on the person voting, like what is accomplished when you register the other 364 days out of the year. Once the ballot is cast, it's gone and counted forever.
robert heule November 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM
NOTICE TO THE TEA PARTY A couple of years ago, Charlie Sykes said that the term "teabagger" was derogatory (like scrotum). I'll keep using it.
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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