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We're apparantly not "broke" when it comes to something Republicans want in Wisconsin (also see PvtJarHeads diary).

While Michigan Governor Snyder is ramming through a Right To Work (for much less) Bill, Scott Walker and his band of not-so-merry Republicans are waiting until the new legislative session (they'll have majorities in both the State Senate and Assembly again) to push through another of their dreams:  ending Same Day Voter Registration.  

Because we have same day registration, our GOTV efforts can be more focused on gathering support for progressive candidates instead of a much larger focus on voter registration.  While there are voter registration activities, recruitment of voters themselves can continue through election day itself rather than ending on the last day of voter registration.  

Walker announced those plans at a speech in California (not in Wisconsin) while Republican legislators were busy writing the legislation.  The courts saw to it that their initial voter suppression attempt, requiring voter ID, fell flat on it's face, but they're going to try again.  Wisconsin is one of 11 states that allows voters to register at the polls on election day.

Naturally, Walker didn't proclaim an end to same day registration as another flagrant attempt to suppress the right to vote for people who aren't his supports.  No!  Of course not!  He said it was necessary to end it to help all those feeble old people who serve as poll workers during elections.  Poll workers responded immediately that same day registration was not a burden and served to encourage people to vote - something they all to achieve.

Well, today the numbers are in.  According to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, in charge of Wisconsin elections, it will cost $5.2 million for the first 2 years and those costs don't include the additional costs to local election offices.

The accountability board estimated in its report that ending election-day registration would cost the state $5.2 million for the first two years - $1.9 million for increased costs to maintain voter lists, $1.2 million in computer system upgrades, $1.2 million for an ad campaign and voter outreach and more than $800,000 for training and adding staff.
There's more.

The report also said ending election-day registration would dramatically increase the provisional ballots that are cast in the state. Provisional ballots are cast when voters who don't appear on a poll list contend they are registered. Provisional ballots are not counted on election day, and clerks and voters have until the Friday after an election to determine if they were indeed registered and had the ability to vote. Any valid votes are counted at that point and added to the total.

"Procedures for election officials to issue, process and canvass provisional ballots are more complex and time-consuming than are those for regular ballots," the report said.

In addition, an increase in provisional ballots could delay the public from knowing the results in close elections. When the results are narrow, the outcome wouldn't be known until the provisional ballots are reviewed and counted.

Because of Same Day Registration, we use few provisional ballots in Wisconsin which saves poll worker time as well as time checking the registration status of the user of a provisional ballot and counting that ballot if the voter is actually registered.  We can also more quickly remove names from voter lists due to inactivity (i.e. not voting in several elections).  Without same day registration, an extensive procedure and voter notification would be required and increase the costs to the local election offices.

We haven't had problems with same day registration because of the requirements in place that require voter and residency verification.  Normally, I encourage people going to the polls to bring some form of ID and 2 recent bills (like utility bills) that were sent to them at their residence in case their name doesn't appear on the voter list and they need to register at the polls.  It also ensures that everyone can vote regardless of whether or not the local election office goofed and left them off the list, didn't process their voter registration, or the computer made a mistake.

Wisconsin has allowed people to register at the polls since 1976. Because of the state law allowing election-day registration, Wisconsin is exempt from aspects of the federal Motor Voter Act of 1993 and the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. Eliminating election-day registration would make those provisions kick in and require people to be given voter registration forms at Division of Motor Vehicles offices and public assistance offices.
Republicans hate same day registration because it gives people a better chance to vote.  

So here's the money quote from one of the usual suspects, State Senator Glenn (the slob) Grothman (R-Wingnuttia):

Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said he had not yet reviewed the material from the accountability board and remained committed to trying to end election-day registration.

"They ought to push that out of the chute," he said. "It should be on the floor in January."

He said he believed election-day registration made it easier to commit voter fraud, though he acknowledged he had no evidence to support that is happening.

"It would be harder to cheat under Motor Voter and that's why we should go with Motor Voter," he said. "I can't prove it, but we all believe it."

(bolding is mine)

That's right, just like Herman Cain, he doesn't have the facts to back it up.  Typical.

Stay tuned for more.



Originally posted to Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Voting is a right (27+ / 0-)

    and not a priviledge.  We need to remind our elected officials of this fact as frequently as necessary.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:13:50 AM PST

  •  Well using "Slobs" logic, Walker should be in (12+ / 0-)

    prison for life:  We can't prove it (he is John Doe), but we all believe it!

    I can't tell you how much I grieve for Michigan right now and how much I dread the upcoming new year for us.  I am preparing my rapid response kit for "occupy the capital" shifts again.

    Again, we enter the crazy season.

    (welcome back, I missed you; hope to see you tonight!)

    •  Indeed (6+ / 0-)

      I believe Scott Walker is guilty of using his Milwaukee County taxpayer funded office and government employees for campaign purposes so he should be in prison, too.  

      Yeah, Michiganders are in for it, but at least once the lame duck session is over, they will have stability.  Sadly, we won't.  It will be round 2 of GOP wingnuttery all over again.

      I'm hoping to come tonight, but those late night OLB actions are hard (easier for me when they started 5-5:30 PM).

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:41:01 AM PST

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  •  Remember when Snotty first came (11+ / 0-)

    into office and he cut corporate taxes and then said all his anti union stuff was because he had to balance the budget? Well we know now that he doesn't give a sh** about the budget never has. He trashed Milwaukee and left it in debt and he will leave the state in debt. All he cares about is his ALEC agenda. And getting more and more rethugs elected to be thugs in power.

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:32:36 AM PST

    •  They don't care about a state being broke. (2+ / 0-)
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      They care about getting the right to be tyrants, following the lead of Dick Snyder who has ripped away the right of self governanace from cities in his state and is bucking for more. No unions. No women's rights. Sic semper tyrannis. And he's right next door bucking for the 'most extreme' title Scott Walker thought was his. Now its a 'who can be worst' race.

  •  Go Wisconsin! (4+ / 0-)

    You have come so far with your efforts.

    And there is so much farther to go.

    The political process has to be forced to work well.

    It has been taken over by what Chris Hedges calls a corporate coup d'etat.

    Democracy is about power, not freedom.

    Those in power are fighting every way they can to keep the 99% from gaining power.

  •  It seems like the Republicans are doing the same (3+ / 0-)
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    things in the States where they control the State government. Do you think they will try to make Wisconsin a right to work for less state?

    Brand new favorite RSS feed of Daily Kos Radio Podcasts
    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    by We Won on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:30:10 PM PST

    •  Who knows (3+ / 0-)

      ALEC is pushing it's legislative agenda everywhere the GOP has the trifecta (control of the Governors office and both houses of the legislature).  

      I don't doubt it will happen here.  After all, in the As Goes Janesville documentary, Walker virtually promised it to Wisconsin billionaire Diane Hendricks when he spelled out his divide and conquor strategy.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:35:37 PM PST

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    •  Yep - Voter ID is coming to NC (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm sure it will be one of the strictest forms in the country. I wonder if we will also see an end to early voting - or at least a major curtailment -  as well.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:48:08 PM PST

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  •  Really nice to see "by Puddytat" on a diary. (3+ / 0-)
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    Welcome back. Missed you.
    It must be me, but your title threw me off. I thought that same day registration was costing millions of dollars. I knew that couldn't be right.
    Anyway, thanks for the update and all the work that you do.

    "I'm gonna dance between the raindrops"

    by IB JOHN on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:41:39 PM PST

    •  It's nice to be back! (2+ / 0-)
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      And nice to get news from something other than the RW radio crap we get fed here and the horrible television news.

      It's not same day registration, but ending it that will cost millions.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:00:38 PM PST

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  •  Quick question (2+ / 0-)
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    How the heck did Republicans get the majority back?

     I'm not from Wisconsin, but I would think a Republican wouldn't be able to get elected if he was running against Satan.

    "Life is too important to be taken seriously" Oscar Wilde

    by Annie B on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:43:59 PM PST

    •  Quick answer (3+ / 0-)
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      Democrats in total had 500,000 more votes in Wisconsin than Republicans, but the GOP crammed the Democrats into a few districts so they could run the table in every election for the next 10 years. And the courts let them get away with it.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:02:03 PM PST

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      •  They did a good (for them) job, too. (1+ / 0-)
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        A lot of Assembly seats were very narrowly Romney seats, and Republicans won in them. A lot of Assembly Dem candidates lost by less than 2000 votes (including my own Jeff Smith in AD-93, who lost by only 498 votes). Very effective gerrymandering on the Republicans' part

        Farm boy, 20, who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -6.75, -3.18, One of 1,620,985 Wisconsinites to re-elect Barack Obama, and one of 1,547,104 Wisconsinites to send Tammy Baldwin to the US Senate!!!

        by WisJohn on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 04:16:09 PM PST

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      •  2014 (1+ / 0-)
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        They can't gerrymander a district for Scott Walker. If he isn't in jail by then, his ass is gone gone GONE in the next election.

        The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

        by Korkenzieher on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 04:42:30 PM PST

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  •  This can easily be challenged in the courts (3+ / 0-)
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    Isn't the right to vote enshrined in Wi law? Any limitiation of a right can be challenged under due process grounds....

    •  Nice thought, but I don't think so (1+ / 0-)
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      We passed Same Day Registration back in 1976.  It's been great.

      Republicans, however, have a War on Voters and want to prevent all but their voters from casting ballots.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:03:08 PM PST

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    •  You're talking about a bench on which one of the (1+ / 0-)
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      justices tried to strangle another of them, with the rest as witnesses, and then said he cold not be tried because only the Court could judge them, and all the other members of the court were disqualified because they were witnesses.

    •  Motor-voter registration (2+ / 0-)
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      Doing away with same-day registration would require an implementation of 'motor voter' registration in WI, by federal law. And how well or poorly that 'motor voter' system was implemented might be challenged, if DMVs aren't close by. or open a sufficient number of hours, etc.

      •  FWIW, Walker tried to vastly reduce (0+ / 0-)

        the number of DMVs after signing the Voter ID Law.  He didn't get away with it then because it was such a blatant show of his intent, but I'm sure he'll try if DMV voter registration is implemented.

        Even if the DMVs are all open and available, it doesn't help non-drivers because they're open when most people are at work and aren't usually on bus lines.  They're also quite a long distance apart in rural areas, too.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 09:16:09 PM PST

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  •  Doomed to expensive failure (1+ / 0-)
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    Come election day, if you're a US citizen, a Wisconsin resident, over 18, not a felon and not adjudged incompetent by a court, you are a Wisconsin elector per Article III of the Wisconsin Constitution.

    Attempting to add further conditions to this is exactly why photo ID requirements were thrown out by two courts, and "... and have registered prior to election day" is precisely such an additional requirement.

    GOP legislators not giving a damn what's in the Constitution they are sworn to uphold... nothing new here.

    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 Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 03:07:28 PM PST

    •  We're broke (hahahaha) (1+ / 0-)
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      unless they need money to fight all these battles in court.  Yeah, they've got the votes to ram stuff through, but they've been losing and losing in the courts.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 03:25:40 PM PST

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  •  So very good... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... to have you back, Puddy.

    •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

      It's nice to be back.  After close to a month of relying on the TM, my brain has shrunk.  It's hard to realize how awful the TM really is until you're totally reliant on it for news.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 09:17:53 PM PST

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  •  Walker has second thoughts.... (1+ / 0-)
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    From Huffpost:

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has announced he will not end same-day voter registration in the state, after a report concluded it would cost $5.2 million to do so.

    "There is no way I'm signing a bill that costs that kind of money," Walker told reporters on Wednesday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

    The announcement is a sharp reversal for Walker. In a Nov. 16 speech, he called for the repeal of the state's same-day registration law, which has been in place since 1976 and is often credited with boosting voter turnout.

    •  $5.2 million is only the start (0+ / 0-)

      That figure is what the GAB estimated for its own budget. There would also be the expense of extra work for the DMV and welfare offices in meeting the requirement of Motor Voter. Add to that the extra work for the clerks in every city, village and town to accommodate the voters who come into their offices to register. Then add all the extra administrative mess of dealing with an increase in provisional ballots.

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