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Letter: Register in time or don't vote

3:59 PM, Mar. 14, 2013  |  Comments
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Editor: This is in regard to the Government Accountability Board's cost estimate to the State of Wisconsin of $14.5 million if same-day voter registration is eliminated. People who take their voting privileges seriously will be certain that they have registered to vote before Election Day.

Registration is handled through the local clerk's office and can be done by mail or in person. The process can be started with a simple telephone call or email to that clerk.

Yes, as a town clerk, I can verify that election day voter registration is very difficult for the election inspectors, especially on the day of a presidential election or congressional election. I admit that some mistakes are made because of the rush and confusion of the busy, long day. Any errors have to be cleared up before the person is listed on the Voter List for the next election.

It all comes down to electors taking responsibility for themselves by being certain that they are registered. They can check with their local town clerk or access the website myvotewi.gov to see if they are registered.

This outrageous cost estimate is given by the same GAB that mandates that clerks must be available on Good Friday for absentee voters for the spring election.

If people aren't registered in time, they may not vote. How simple is that?

Judy Beesing

Marshfield

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