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Wisconisn Governor Scott Walker gestures as he addresses the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012 REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Now I'm gonna get ya.
Back in 1971, Wisconsin became the first state in the nation to institute election-day voter registration. Now, as part of the war on what Bill O'Reilly would call untraditional voters, Gov. Scott Walker and the state legislature's post-election Republican majority again seek to ax it. It's a reprise of what was attempted in 2011. Then Wisconsin GOP state chairman Reince Priebus, now the GOP national chairman, said at the time this change “would help keep our elections clean and honest” and make it possible to have an election day ”that’s not a complete zoo.”

The implication that the 40 years of election-day registration in Wisconsin had produced dirty elections was utterly bogus. Just like Walker's latest comments on the matter:

"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," Walker said in the speech. "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."
The Democratic Party and Wisconsin League of Women Voters have blasted Walker over the proposed change, just as they did in 2011. Andrea Kaminski of the LWV says this "looks like another effort to fix a problem that doesn't exist and to do it in a way that makes it harder for people to vote. And the league really opposes that."

There is an easy fix in terms of how volunteer poll workers operate. Indeed, most of the eight states that have already implemented election-day registration deal with the problem Walker cites quite simply. As a 2008 report by Maryland's legislative Office of Policy Analysis stated:

In most EDR states, there are separately staffed tables in the polling place for people registering  to vote and registered voters checking in to cast ballots. This is intended to ensure that new registrations do not delay voting.
Wisconsin, in fact, is one of the states that does this.

Analysis shows that after dealing with the hiccups that inevitably occur when a state first adopts election-day registration the problems go away.

States with election-day registration have significantly higher turnout, some five–seven points—"with a decreased dependence on provisional ballots and without any reported increase in voter fraud." Scott Keyes reports:

In 2008, Wisconsin enjoyed the second highest turnout of any state in the nation (72.4 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot), due largely to the fact the Badger State law allows residents who aren’t registered or have recently moved to register at the polls. That year, approximately 460,000 people used Election Day Registration, 15 percent of all Wisconsinites who cast a ballot.
In 2008, the top six turnout states based on the percentage of eligible voters were, according to a study at George Mason University: Minnesota (77.7 percent), Wisconsin (72.1 percent), New Hampshire (71.1 percent), Maine (70.9 percent), Colorado (70.2 percent) and Iowa (69.7 percent). All but Colorado had election-day registration.

As Craig Gilbert wrote in 2011, when the legislature was then trying to get rid of Election Day registration, it reduces the workload on clerks at the branches of the department of motor vehicles. Because Wisconsin has same-day registration, it is exempt from federal "motor-voter" registration requirements. Election-day registration also gets rid of the need for provisional ballots. The long-time head of the state election system, Kevin Kennedy, said in 2011 that eliminating election-day registration would cause the number of provisional ballots to "skyrocket” in Wisconsin, with tens of thousands of them having to be vetted before they could be counted, causing delays and boosting election costs.

The "problem" Walker wants to solve isn't tie-ups at the polls because large numbers of people register the same day they vote. It's not the increased turnout he doesn't like. It's the kind of people that he thinks election-day registration encourages to show up at the polls: minorities and low-income people who are more likely to vote Democratic than Republican.  

But while Walker is no doubt upset that Democrat Tammy Baldwin is now senator-elect and that Barack Obama got a majority of Wisconsin's votes on Nov. 6, election-day registration did not keep Wisconsin Republicans from restoring their majority in the state senate nor from obtaining a 21-seat majority in the lower house. That lends a bit of vindictiveness to Walker's quest to get rid of a four-decade-old procedure that, at worst, needs a few tweaks.


Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Daily Kos.

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  •  I didn't realize that the Repukes had restored (15+ / 0-)

    their majority in the State Senate. As I was reading, I was thinking that the Senate could stop this bit of nonsense. What's the possibility that Walker will be indicted before he can pull this off?

  •  This fool cant change the law by fiat can he? (7+ / 0-)

    I wonder - shouldn't he seek a referendum of some sort? What role do the local state houses have?

    This guy scott should run in the GOP '16 primary that may expose to all and sundry just how extreme he is.

    Instead of tackling the dwindling jobs issue in his state he is engaging in voter suppression.

    Like nearly all the GOP neaderthals his intellectual acumen is subpar. He is nothing but a smoother more coherent version of the one and half term Alaskan Guv

    •  The simple answer is... (2+ / 0-)
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      Dbug, Jeff Y

      ...that the lege can pass a law and Walker can sign it, but there is a provision in the Wisconsin constitution that prohibits contracting the franchise (help from the peanut gallery requested), so even if he were to sign the law, just like Voter ID it should be struck down quickly by the state courts.

      Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

      by DemSign on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:00:36 PM PST

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      •  We've got an affirmative right to vote (4+ / 0-)

        which is where the Voter ID law ran afoul of the Constitution. It enumerates the conditions under which a registered voter may be denied the franchise, and "not having photo ID" is not one of those conditions. Unfortunately, it does not guarantee that statutory provisions to make it more convenient to register and vote cannot be clawed back.

        Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

        by fearlessfred14 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:28:23 PM PST

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  •  It's the same in Wisconsin (10+ / 0-)

    There's a separate line for people who need/want to register.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:00:57 PM PST

  •  At risk of appearing naive, what's up with WI? (9+ / 0-)

    It is not, by nature, a bastion of super-conservatism. Why is it, then, that such a progressive state could be so vulnerable to these forces?  There's got to be a history of how the seemingly reasonable WI electorate, many of whom are well-educated, could have been taken down such a strange path.  Was there a backlash to overreach from the left?  Is there just a particularly effective group organizing the right?  Are the democrats inept?

    Why Wisconsin?

    Howard Dean will always be my president.

    by 4democracy on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:17:41 PM PST

  •  Striving to restrict the franchise (11+ / 0-)

    in as many ways as possible, is a pretty clear indication of whose interests you are working AGAINST.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:22:12 PM PST

  •  I observed polling places in 2008 and 2012 (11+ / 0-)

    There were separate tables for voter registration.  They did not impact voting lines, nor did they impact the length of the day for poll workers.  The poll workers were happy to be there and more than happy to see the franchise being extended to people who had not participated before.  

    Walker is lying again and everyone knows that he is lying, even his supporters.  The entire state knows that this is all a ploy to make sure that only the right sort get to exercise their right to vote.  The question is whether he'll get away with it.

    •  Same day registration is bipartisan. (4+ / 0-)
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      Eyesbright, exterris, Mike Kahlow, Darmok

      And absolutely no distraction to already-registered voters or responsible for longer lines, etc.

      You set up a specialized table for handling same-days, and staff it with an accomplished election official(s) ... just as should be done in states that require voter IDs of people who don't have drivers licenses. If a state is going to set up special requirements, it needs to spend money and devote people-resources for the alternative, because outright disenfranchising voters constitutes election fraud.

      FORWARD to 2014: Win back the House. Build up the Senate.

      by TRPChicago on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:01:21 PM PST

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  •  Very foolish for Walker to express anti-voter (2+ / 0-)
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    sentiment at this time.  

    Families will get together for the long Thanksgiving holiday.  Table or parlor talk will invariably turn to the recent presidential election and related subjects.  Guess what else WI families will be talking about?  Election day disenfranchisement of would be voters.  

    Bad timing Scooter...

  •  Isn't that special? (1+ / 0-)
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    He's so cute. Of course he does.

    The guy is the poster-child for everything wrong with our insanerules regarding campaign finance  and unfettered capitalism run amuck.

    Maybe one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:29:05 PM PST

  •  This would hurt young voters, too (5+ / 0-)

    A relative of mine who just turned 18 voted for the first time in WI. He was last minute deciding to vote. Had he been in my state, Georgia, I doubt he would have bothered. But WI encourages young voters, and I'm really proud that he ended up deciding to do his civic duty. Gov. Walker is not only discouraging Dem voters but really any voter who has a last minute change of circumstance, or heart.

    •  One of Walker's main targets is the student vote (5+ / 0-)

      They are heavy users of same-day registration. Data about the Walker recall election from the director of the Milwaukee Election Commission showed that

      "there were 43,126 election day registrations in June in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee wards that showed the most voter registration activity were wards at or near Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

      "I believe the Nov. 6 election will be very comparable, but with a much higher level of activity in the wards surrounding the college and university campuses (as students were not present in June)".

    •  That's probably the intent (4+ / 0-)

      While I doubt Walker minds disenfranchising minorities, the rhetoric surrounding this indicates that it is targeted against students, who often have to re-register every election due to address changes. Several GOP legislators in particular are known for their special disdain for college students.

      Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

      by fearlessfred14 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:36:37 PM PST

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  •  A bit OT..Then let's keep Walker busy .. (3+ / 0-)
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    exterris, HappyinNM, Eyesbright

    .. trying to hide his involvement in this latest shenanigans written up by John Nichols today - November 20, 2012 - 12:17 PM ET
    : Home-State Scandal Interrupts Scott Walker's Presidential Positioning

    It is no secret that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker would like very much to have his name added to the long shortlist of 2016 Republican presidential contenders. But the nation’s most militant anti-labor politician has suddenly been thrust into the center of a scandal that is likely to dim his national prospects, and that could yet cost him his state post.
    At the sentencing hearing for a top Walker aide convicted of felony misconduct in office, the chief prosecutor revealed that when Walker was seeking the governorship in 2010 he was part of an ongoing scheme to use county employees and resources to aid his campaign.
    But Monday’s presentation, the first to explicitly link Walker to courthouse wrongdoing, shook the state, where Walker survived a recall election only after repeatedly declaring that he was not a target of the John Doe investigation. - emphasis added
     This actually could do more that end his aspirations for higher office if it turns out that Walker is indeed "John Doe".
    It could end his governorship as well, and that would be nice.
  •  I don't know that I oppose this (0+ / 0-)

    Given how long voting lines have been, it might actually disenfranchise more voters by allowing same-day voter registration, which takes more time and personnel (to answer questions, review completed form, etc). I do think people should be able to register in person right up until election day, and if every state allows 15 days of early voting -- as they should -- then lines and same day registration would not be a problem.

    Then again, maybe they oppose same day registration because they can't purge people who haven't yet registered.

    We Won't Let Republicans Replace Medicare with GOP Vouchercare!

    by CatM on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:54:33 PM PST

    •  Same-day registration is especially important (2+ / 0-)
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      to minority and low-income voters and students because they can register in their own neighborhood on election day rather than make a trip to the city hall. They also tend to move around more often and would have to reregister before each election if they have moved. It's one more hassle that will weed out voters who don't have the free time, knowledge or motivation to make a special trip before the election itself. Walker probably believes such people don't deserve to vote if they can't make that effort, but we understand that it's a right that should be facilitated as much as possible.

      •  A lot of blue states don't have same day register (0+ / 0-)

        States are all different, I guess. In NJ, you can register at the DMV or even by mail, so you don't have to travel. Of course, the deadline is October, which is way too early.

        Long lines also disenfranchise these same people. I just don't think same day registration is nearly as important as having enough voting machines and poll workers, preventing frequent changes to polling places, purging voters, and the many other ways these republican governed states restrict voting rights. I'd rather be fighting over same day registration than photo voter ID laws, which are obvious tactics to disenfranchise low income voters.

        We Won't Let Republicans Replace Medicare with GOP Vouchercare!

        by CatM on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:45:42 AM PST

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        •  True, states do differ (0+ / 0-)

          I'm looking at this from the perspective in Wisconsin, specifically Milwaukee and its targeted lower-income citizens and students. There are only a few DMV offices here and they are not open weekends. Many people in Milwaukee don't drive and would find it hard to get to a DMV (of course they could take one or more buses, but that takes extra time and is one more hassle in an already tough life for many).

          The system works quite well now--registration at the polls when you vote in your neighborhood, or at early voting. My feeling is that we shouldn't give up on anything that increases the ability of citizens to vote.

    •  Same Day Voter Registration doesn’t impact (0+ / 0-)

      voting time for people in line to vote. Registration is done in the same room, but at a different table by staffed different poll workers. This is all a ruse by Scott Walker to restrict students and other voters who move more frequently.

      "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

      by Sand Hill Crane on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:30:02 AM PST

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  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (3+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 04:10:18 PM PST

  •  Insert gun jokes here (1+ / 0-)
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    He's libel to shoot himself in the foot......
    Does he know if that thing is loaded
    Scott Walker shooting blanks

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 04:58:17 PM PST

  •  We have this in Maine... (3+ / 0-)

    and the GOP governor tried to kill it but failed. It was awesome on Election Day -- I worked in a polling place and the big lines were not to vote, but first-time voters registering, many of them young people.

    •  When the legislature repealed same-day (1+ / 0-)
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      registration last year, they used the same phony argument about the "overworked clerks," even though the clerks themselves had not asked for the change, and made it clear that they had no issues with same-day registration.  Mainers launched a successful citizens referendum to reinstate it. Unfortunately, I don't think WI has a citizens referendum process. But Walker may find the public opposition to this move is much greater than he expects, and across party lines.

  •  When you buy Scott Walker, he stays bought (4+ / 0-)

    The Koch brothers got a good boy there.

    A new birth of freedom..

    by docterry on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:07:22 PM PST

  •  This is my fear, more so because of WI than TN (2+ / 0-)
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    where I live.  The Republics redistricted the Dems out of existence here in TN, but if they can get away with that in WI also where Obama won the state, that raises the threat to a whole new level for at least the next 8 years.  The GOP may look at losing statewide elections now and then, but by keeping control of legislatures, they can effectively limit their policy losses and cripple true progress.

  •  We need to make this a big issue. (2+ / 0-)
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    Democrats are very sensitized to GOP voter suppression especially after this election.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:11:43 PM PST

  •  Oh fuck him..... (1+ / 0-)
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    My precinct is one of the busiest ones in Milwaukee and half the poll workers are young, and I might add,  incredibly attractive young women.  The lines moved quickly and everyone was happy.  This was both in the general election and the special governor election.

  •  Wisconsin Elected the Guy Twice (3+ / 0-)
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    exterris, churchlady, bobbygoode

    at some point it will become obvious to them he ain't their friend.

    Then again I live in Texas and the idiots here never do get it.

  •  WTF is your problem Wisconsin? (1+ / 0-)
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    You put the foxes back in charge of the chicken coop again?  I just do not understand this fixation with putting thieves (republicans) in high places.  You vote for a Democratic Senator and President then turn around and foul your own nest by giving legislative control of the state to the thieves who have caused so much heartache.

    You have the right to remain silent. If you waive that right you will be accused of class warfare.

    by spritegeezer on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:30:26 PM PST

    •  We didn't give them control. (4+ / 0-)

      Their redistricting did.

      Even with nearly 200,000 more Democratic votes, we still lost the senate and are 21 seats down in the Assembly.

      In fact, in the aggregate, Democratic Assembly candidates won 193,000 more votes across the state than their GOP counterparts this year. However, Republican redistricting ensured that as many of those votes as possible were crammed into districts that were already safe for Democrats.
    •  Simple: The state legislature goes by district (0+ / 0-)

      and therefore isn't a statewide competition like senator and president is.  That's your answer.

      For example, ignorant people keep blaming Wisconsin for Ryan and wondering how the same state that votes in Tammy Baldwin could vote in Paul Ryan.  I call them ignorant because they apparently forgot how congress works and forgot that federal senators are elected across the whole state while federal house reps are elected within just one district of the state.  A majority of Wisconsin voters didn't vote for Ryan.  A majority of the 1/8 of Wisconsin voters that live in that one district voted for Ryan.

      The state senate works the same way - 33 different districts through the state and not all of them are up for re-electtion every time.

      A majority of Wisconsin didn't vote to turn back the senate.  A majority of the people IN THE AREAS up for re-election did.

  •  Why don't they just cut all the pretense (0+ / 0-)

    and bullshit and state their true intentions, which is likely to  only allow landowners the franchise?

    liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

    by RockyMtnLib on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:40:36 PM PST

  •  Change message or block voting (0+ / 0-)

    I see Republicans have made their choice.

    Their candidates are too moderate, their rhetoric not nearly strident enough, cutting taxes really does raise revenue and economic activity, attacking everyone but mean-spirited old white guys is a winning strategy.

    Conservatism always wins (in small minds).

    "extravagant advantage for the few, ultimately depresses the many." FDR

    by Jim R on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:45:31 PM PST

  •  Vote suppression = vote theft. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:49:06 PM PST

  •  Wait a sec.... I was always (0+ / 0-)

    under the impression that same-day registrants still voted provisionally but from what is written in the diary that seems not to be true. How does the system work?

    Let's say I, "Wiscon"Sista show up on Election Day to a local polling place and want to register because I moved in to the neighborhood last weekend. I go to the registration table and present ???? to the elections official. This official does ???? to confirm I'm where I'm supposed to be and I am then directed to

    a. same voter line as everyone else


    b. something different for same day folks

    What about if I'm hippie socialist-loving welfare check collecting, Black Panther adherent "RWStereotype"sista who voted my 20 absentee ballots in California and then hopped on a plane direct to Wisconsin where I managed to stop at every precinct and try to same day register and vote. How can the good citizens of Wisconsin stop me and the ghost of Acorn from stealing your election?

    "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

    by CaliSista on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:42:11 PM PST

    •  You have to live at your address for 28 days (2+ / 0-)
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      in order to vote in the election at the new district. Otherwise you have to vote in your old district, if you've moved within Wisconsin.

      If you moved from out of state, you can vote for the President and Vice President on a special ballot, but not for the other races.

      I think that is right. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

      •  Okay...Please alter my 1st scenario to 29 days-nt (0+ / 0-)

        "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

        by CaliSista on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:36:09 PM PST

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        •  You show photo ID to register, and something that (1+ / 0-)
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          proves your residency. That can be a phone bill, a utility bill, a lease, something like that.  I think.

          I know for sure you then vote with everyone else because when you register they give you a form and you hand that to the clerk when you vote.

          Sorry to not be sure on what you actually bring to register, but I know it is at least 2 things.

          •  So do I understand correctly that those (0+ / 0-)

            already registered check in with someone and receive a form or are there names in a book? If they receive the form, what is being checked? A computer? A roster?

            I've only voted in Los Angeles County so the scenes on TV of booths with curtains and tales of pulling levers (never seen such a device) are very unusual to me.

            "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

            by CaliSista on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:23:48 PM PST

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            •  We sign a poll book (2+ / 0-)
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              that has the names of all voters in the ward. Then we vote on a paper ballot that is optically scanned. Booths have sideshades but not curtains, at least here in Dane County.

              Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

              by fearlessfred14 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:48:54 PM PST

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            •  If you are already registered you say your name (0+ / 0-)

              and address aloud and the pollworker finds it and then you sign your name. Then get a paper ballot that you mark with a special marker.

              After you vote, you feed your ballot into a machine and they give you a sticker.

    •  You provide the proof of residence, you vote. (3+ / 0-)
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      You go to the "need to register" table and show you're an eligible voter. Proof will require a photo ID and something with your address on it.  No provisional, no nothing. You vote.

      The way it should be everywhere.

      And if you register in multiple precincts & vote here, we'll bust your soon-to-be-spending-felony-time-in-our-prisons ass, irrespective of your gender, skin color or politics.

      The way it should be everywhere.

      •  I don't know...As explained so far, the process (1+ / 0-)
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        makes me a bit squeamish. I tried to look up election stats for Wisconsin to compare population, precinct size, turnout, etc. with my home (Los Angeles County) but the State site referred me to AP for results. I also tried to look at what teh Google tells me is Wisconsin's largest county but I couldn't find any election results there.

        I was looking for something like this (ginormous pdf) or if that's not available something simple like this page.

        I've been a poll worker for more than 10 years in LA County and I'm wondering how such a system could be implemented. I've seen various references here on DKos that CA will have same day registration in the near future but I've seen no mention in local news and the LA County Registrar's office still quotes the 15 day requirement.

        In our training classes, it is emphasized that no voter should be turned away BUT those not on the rolls or in the wrong precinct or who received a vote by mail ballot that they didn't bring to surrender or a new voter without ID, etc., all vote provisionally and we are to let the county election officials sort it out. All eligible provisional ballots are counted (albeit a bit more slowly).

        "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

        by CaliSista on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:13:46 PM PST

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        •  Wisconsin's second largest county (Dane) (2+ / 0-)
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          Does have reported results. It's higher turnout than most Wisconsin counties, but should give you a good idea at least.

          Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

          by fearlessfred14 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:55:50 PM PST

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        •  It works pretty well. (1+ / 0-)
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          Sand Hill Crane

          I haven't worked polls, but it runs pretty smoothly. One time my name had been purged from the rolls - I just went over to the "register" desk and filled out a new registration form. Boom. Done. Get back in the line to vote, no provisional ballot.

          We've only had a handful of election fraud cases in the past ten years. Most of those were felons who were on probation voting, it's not clearly spelled out that probation is still part of their sentence & they can't vote.  One fraud case was an elected official buying votes.

          We've got another one possibly coming up where the ex-wife of our incoming (republican) Assembly speaker Robin Vos apparently voted in both Idaho and Wisconsin. Maybe that's why Vos is so worked up about "voter fraud"?

    •  Oh, but you can't if you moved to WI last weekend (2+ / 0-)
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      CaliSista, exterris

      Used to be a 10 day residency requirement, now I think it's 21 days or so.

  •  Wisconsin has only itself to blame (1+ / 0-)
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    The LAST paragraph of the piece says Wisconsin Republicans regained the majority in the Senate (so much for those endless and I thought successful) recalls, and a big lead in the lower house -- yet voted for Baldwin and Obama. I done get it, but they are gonna get it. Elections indeed have consequences.

    •  For sure (1+ / 0-)
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      I have neighbors who voted Obama/Baldwin and also voted Republican for Congressman and state/local--freakin' nutz

    •  they dumped $4M into one senate race (6+ / 0-)

      and got rid of Jess King, who had won in the recalls.

      they redistricted the crap of of the state (Dems got 193,000 more votes in the legislature and still have a minority) and target specific purple districts with huge amounts of $$.

    •  The WI state districts were gerrymandered (0+ / 0-)

      More Democrats voted in this past election so the statewide races were won by Democrats (Obama & Baldwin), but the WI state legislative districts were gerrymandered in 2010 to keep Democrats from winning more legislative seats.

      The Republican legislators had total control of the WI redistricting process. They spent a lot of WI taxpayer money on gerrymandering the legislative districts.

      Republican legislators gerrymandered the WI legislative districts to:
      1) Increase the number of Republican held districts
      2) Concentrate Democratic voters in as few districts as possible thereby creating fewer districts held by Democratic legislators
      3) Reduce the number of swing districts

      Add to this set-up, the ability of outside groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on advertising to influence voters, and you’ve created the 2012 Wisconsin legislative election results.

      Democrats could not win the majority in either WI legislative house by design.

      "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

      by Sand Hill Crane on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:00:58 AM PST

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  •  I have to ask (1+ / 0-)
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    Why would Wisconsin give the Republican anything after what they have done in the last 2 years? I  know why my state PA did the stupid stuff in 2010 two many of the smart voters stay home and only the dumb(Republicans) ones showed up. But Wisconsin did it again in 2012 Is Wisconsin just as badly gerrymander as PA where the good guys don't have a chance? If so then how do we put an end to this BS because I for one am tired of not having a person who represents me at all as my State or Federal representative It time for a change.

  •  Ok, but then register all automatically at 18 (2+ / 0-)
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    rosarugosa, exterris

    In Finland, every citizen is registered to vote at 18 and  receives voting instructions in the mail for every election. Finland has essentially zero voter fraud. In Wisconsin, the residences of most 18 year olds is known, so the only issue for registration are those who won't or can't declare a residence. The county clerk could, in fact, get proactive by using high schools and trade schools to track down 17 year-olds to make them aware of their coming voter eligibility.

  •  Slogan (0+ / 0-)

    Voting for the Republicans is an obstacle course you can't afford!

    I hope the good people of Wisconsin wake up and turn even  their gerrymandered red districts into blue and purple!

  •  This gives me a sick feeling in my stomach (0+ / 0-)

    It's like when he overturned the country's oldest collective bargaining law, ramrodding regressive policy through a state with a long and proud tradition of progressive government; our state motto is "forward", and Walker has the majorities to move us backward, again. A court might intervene, but same-day registration in WI is good as dead.

    I same-day registered to vote for Kerry in 2004.

  •  "...a complete zoo." (0+ / 0-)

    My Lee Atwater abstraction sense is tingling.

    "O mulier, magna est fides tua. Fiat tibi sicut vis."

    by rujoking on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 05:50:27 AM PST

  •  Asking for yet another Constitutional challenge (0+ / 0-)

    Article III of the Wisconsin Constitution defines who is a Wisconsin elector, and lists the limited grounds that the legislature is allowed to use to exclude folk from suffrage.

    Failure to present a photo ID is not one of these.  Neither is not being registered.

    Article III says that the legislature may provide for registration, but if same-day registration is removed, the alternative would be having electors vote without being registered rather than the (blatantly unconstitutional) disallowing them from voting at all.

    Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

    by GeoffT on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:05:30 AM PST

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