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Referendum proposed on same-day voter registration

Published On: Dec 05 2012 01:23:13 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 05 2012 01:33:02 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. -

Dane County voters might get a chance to express an opinion about same-day voter registration at the ballot box in April.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and County Clerk-elect Scott McDonell are proposing a county-wide advisory referendum on the issue for the spring election.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he would sign a bill that ends same-day voter registration in Wisconsin, but he won't make doing away with it a priority.

Walker said in a speech in November that he thinks it would be easier on election clerks if voters could not register at the polls.

“Now is not the time to compromise the success we have experienced in engaging more people in that process,” Parisi said. “Dane County voters deserve a chance to have their voice heard on this extreme change to voter rights.”

McDonell estimated between 10 and 15 percent of eligible voters register on Election Day.

The referendum will be proposed at Thursday’s meeting of the Dane County Board.

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