Since 1976, Wisconsin has allowed same-day voting registration. For the 2012 presidential election, 70 percent of eligible voters turned out; same-day registration is believed to have contributed to this.
Gov. Scott Walker voiced his idea of ending this opportunity and Rep. Joel Kleefisch, Sen. Alberta Darling, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have begun working on a bill to repeal same-day registration.
Walker cited same-day registration as a burden for poll workers. Poll workers have disputed this claim, expressing their support for same-day registration. Past arguments against same-day registration have pointed to potential voter fraud, but facts show there's no voter fraud problem in Wisconsin. Without same-day registration, Wisconsin would have to allow it to occur at DMVs. The Government Accountability Board said ending same-day registration would be a mistake: it places a financial burden on taxpayers. Same-day voter registration does exactly what it's supposed to do: make it easier for people to vote.
Who does this hurt? People who are unlikely to vote for Republicans. Students, renters, and impoverished individuals are believed to be the populations that would be most affected. Walker's own son registered to vote on Election Day.
I'm urging others to ask lawmakers to continue allowing us the opportunity of same-day registration.