Dear Editor: Gov. Scott Walker made remarks opposing same day voter registration when he spoke in California recently. Incoming Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also wants to eliminate same day registration in Wisconsin. I believe they want to strike down this decades-old Wisconsin law in order to suppress registration of certain voters who they fear.
Walker claimed that states with 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. It’s difficult for them to handle the volume of people who come at the last minute.”
As a retiree, I resent his insult to my abilities, and I would challenge both him and Vos to do a better job than I do in registering voters. I have years of experience, and before every election I am trained in changes to the registration form and rules for registration. His implication that registering voters is too difficult and tiring for old people (retirees) is baloney. I spent the entire day on Nov. 6 registering voters, and it was the busiest and most relaxing day I have ever spent working at the polls! Registering voters at the polls is NOT a problem.
I think the real reason Walker and Vos want to get rid of same day registration is that they want fewer minorities, poor, and young people to vote.