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Eliminating same-day registration discussed

Published On: Dec 18 2012 09:05:15 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 18 2012 02:29:46 PM CST
Vote, election file
MADISON, Wis. -

The president of a group representing municipal clerks and the head of the Wisconsin chapter of the League of Women Voters said allowing voters to register at the polls on Election Day has served the state well and should not be eliminated.

They and others spoke about the issue at a Tuesday meeting of the Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association president Vikki Zuehlke said the association has signed a resolution opposing the elimination of election day registration, in part over concerns of the $5.2 million cost outlined in a GAB report.

League of Women Voters of Wisconsin executive director Andrea Kaminski said there is no evidence that same-day registration has caused significant problems.

Wisconsin election officials are discussing the ramifications of eliminating same-day voter registration, a move supported by Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans.

Walker has long been for not allowing voters to register at the polls on Election Day. But his support weakened in the face of the Government Accountability Board report that put the price tag on eliminating same-day registration at more than $5 million.

Walker said he would not sign a bill that costs that much money.

The board was also scheduled to discuss a report about the costs and complications of accessing a federal database to weed out illegal immigrants who may be voting.

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