Ending same-day registration would cost state $5.2M right away, report says

2012-12-11T11:00:00Z 2012-12-11T18:55:11Z Ending same-day registration would cost state $5.2M right away, report saysSTEVEN VERBURG | Wisconsin State Journal | sverburg@madison.com | 608-252-6118 madison.com

Repealing the Wisconsin law that allows voter registration on Election Day would cost the state election agency about $5.2 million right away, and another roughly $1.9 million every two years after that, while also preserving some Election Day registration, according to a preliminary report from a state committee.

That's because two federal voting laws would kick in requiring implementation of a long list of federal registration procedures — including provisions that would preserve some Election Day registration. Because the state enacted a same-day registration law in 1975, it is now exempt from the federal mandates.

Last week, Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, said he and Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, were drafting a repeal of same-day registration, which is used by hundreds of thousands of voters in each general election. The legislators didn't return phone calls or emails seeking comment Monday after the new report was released.

Democrats say the state election registration law boosts voter turnout. Some Republicans, including Gov. Scott Walker, have said Election Day registration causes problems for municipal clerks. But a spokesman for the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks' Association has said the group opposes any change.

The state law allows Wisconsin to remain exempt from federal voter registration laws that would require millions of dollars in expenditures, much of it for required mailings to voters, said Reid Magney, spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections and which released the report Monday.

"In the context of our (roughly $7 million annual) budget, that's huge," Magney said. "We would need additional funding."

Federal laws would continue to allow Wisconsin residents to register changes of address or name on Election Day if they haven't moved to a new municipality, the report states. Up to 15 percent of Wisconsin voters register just before voting, and it's not clear how many of those are address changes, Magney said.

In a few weeks, the committee plans to issue a final report with more detail, including estimated costs for other state agencies.

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  1. Tea Parody
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    Tea Parody - December 11, 2012 8:14 pm
    What idiots liberalistas can be. Why worry about 5.2 million dollar cost right away, and 1.9 million dollar cost every two years after that. And I'll bet that not a single commie socialisticista here has even considered how to pay for this shortfall. With a poll tax of course! Just charge $5 to vote. With over 1.3 million voters in Wisconsin, we will turn this bill into a money maker. That's right! 6.5 million dollars every two years. As an extra benefit, the poll tax will work as a disincentive for poor people to vote. 47% of the population are just loafers and parasites who vote Democrat no matter what. Ending same day registration and adding a poll tax will take a big bite out of entitlement voting, and will also mean the Koch brothers will not have to spend so much on Governor Walker in 2014. That's means more Koch brothers money spent on job creation.
  2. witness2012
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    witness2012 - December 11, 2012 6:28 pm
    Is Tom Barrett (who was not endorsed by WEAC, btw- Kathleen Falk was)- trying to cut public money to public schools since he sends his child to a religious school and pays tuition on top of taxes? If he isn't- and he's not- your analogy doesn't work.
  3. witness2012
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    witness2012 - December 11, 2012 6:24 pm
    swarley, read the executive summary of the report and see the evidence for yourself.
  4. gobi
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    gobi - December 11, 2012 6:02 pm
    Spoken like a true democracy defending person.
  5. bobsuruncle
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    bobsuruncle - December 11, 2012 3:24 pm
    2012 Election determined that "Voter Suppression" by the GOP backfired BIG TIME! Bring it on Republicans for 2014 - GOP Governors will be looking for Lobbying Jobs after they are Voted Out.
  6. Willac
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    Willac - December 11, 2012 3:22 pm
    Republicans: spending tax payer money and restricting the ability of citizens to vote
  7. powmda
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    powmda - December 11, 2012 3:07 pm
    5.2 mil? Well, it's a lot of money. But, if it keeps the unqualified and uninformed voters from cluttering up our elections, I say it's money well spent!!
  8. uspotme
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    uspotme - December 11, 2012 3:00 pm
    I see once again the Republicans are laser focused on job creation. Anybody know how many of 250,000 jobs that are left to be created? Hunting on state park land, wolf hunt, voter I.D., voter registration. Oh that's right the mine. That'll create how many jobs. Wait, isn't that quasi-lending institution set up with tax dollars doing well?
  9. sarge
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    sarge - December 11, 2012 2:03 pm
    What do you call a political party who discovers it can no longer win majorities in national or state elections without keeping many citizens from voting and/or by gerrymandering ?

    republicans is the answer of course but what do you call such a party that engages in that behavior as it's only chance at seizing and keeping power?

    History has traditionally referred to such people and their parties as tyrants and yes...fascists
  10. LiLa
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    LiLa - December 11, 2012 1:10 pm
    How is "richer because our great Gov."? I must have missed that payout somehow.
  11. Slithy Tove
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    Slithy Tove - December 11, 2012 12:37 pm
    $5.2 million is a small price for taxpayers to pay in order to disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters. Just think of all of the taxpayer money that the Walker & Co. has spent to drag the unconstitutional voter ID bill through the courts. This is a bargain!
  12. MadCityYokal
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    MadCityYokal - December 11, 2012 11:44 am
    I trust the Governor has our best interest in mind . . . NOT!
  13. Good Gosh
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    Good Gosh - December 11, 2012 11:21 am
    The Republican plan, as outlined by ALEC or some such creature.

    1. There is no problem, so create one.
    2. Voter suppression is necessary because we want only the "right" people to vote.
    3. Do everything we can think of to suppress the vote.
    4. Even if it costs millions of dollars we cannot afford, because we are "broke" and it's all about the jobs.
    5. Ignore voters' preferences.
    6. If the people you are claiming to "protect" (in this case, county clerks) tell you it is not a problem, ignore them.
    7. Whenever possible return federal money to Washington, even if it hurts the state.
    8. Lie, lie, then lie some more.
    9. See #8.
    10. Commit political suicide if it furthers ALEC's cause. You will become a martyr to the cause and will be given 1,000 virgins upon accession into the "correct" heaven.

    Now, repeat in 50 states and let the good times roll.
  14. witness2012
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    witness2012 - December 11, 2012 11:13 am
    It will also cost additional money to the state if we eliminate 'same day' registration since we also then will have set up voter registration at the DMV and some social service agencies- a federal mandate. And, we cut the budgets of most state agencies and reduced revenue sharing to the cities which will make this more difficult for cities and agencies to implement.

    The evidence of voter fraud is negligible and ending 'same day' registration wouldn't catch it.

    Given all these facts, why would anyone think ending 'same day' registration would be good policy?
  15. swarley
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    swarley - December 11, 2012 11:13 am
    Oh please what a desperate attempt ....more liberal , madison lies!
  16. Harvey
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    Harvey - December 11, 2012 10:47 am
    As Republican Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) said “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” The Gov. of PA. said the voter I.D. law there would deliver the state to Romney. If anybody thinks eliminating same day registration and voter I.D. laws are not designed to counter the voting demographics, they are delusional.
  17. Tricolor Dog
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    Tricolor Dog - December 11, 2012 10:05 am
    These people smell bad.
  18. MSNbubble
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    MSNbubble - December 11, 2012 9:49 am
    Yea! Wisconsin is great now. All is quiet now and richer because our great Gov. but that's a bad thing right?
  19. Bluezee
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    Bluezee - December 11, 2012 9:13 am
    WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR THE OTHER (smaller) HALF OF WISCONSIN RESIDENTS TO CATCH ON? Wake up people. He is corrupt. Gerrymandering, campaign fraud, voter suppression, destruction of workers rights (if it was about the money (which I could except) he would have just upped benefit contribution), eliminating equal pay, denying citizens services we have already paid for (train & healthcare exchange), pay to play politics to the tenth degree. Wake up Wisconsin this is not a sport where you cheer for one team. This effects all of us. We got conceal carry ....that was all he was good for.
  20. MSNbubble
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    MSNbubble - December 11, 2012 8:30 am
    Then that's a good thing right?
  21. Observer5
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    Observer5 - December 11, 2012 8:19 am
    Scooter says if it eliminates 5-10 possible democratic votes it's money well spent.
  22. MSNbubble
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    MSNbubble - December 11, 2012 8:11 am
    Didn't the recall cost about that? I would say it's a good trade off!
  23. MSNbubble
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    MSNbubble - December 11, 2012 7:32 am
    The mentally ill in the bubble are alive and well I see. Wow!
  24. S54k
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    S54k - December 11, 2012 6:38 am
    Actually the cost of repealing same day registration is about the same as annual cost of maintaining the trashed railroad (after considering the income tax that would have been generated from the jobs created) which would have created hundreds, if not thousands of jobs. But that was Obama's idea, so it had to be bad. If walker gets the opportunity to keep bringing our state backwards, our National Guard will soon once again be on horses and carrying bayonets. Well maybe not bayonets, the NRA wouldn't allow walker to get rid of guns.
  25. johnnn
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    johnnn - December 11, 2012 6:16 am
    The true Republican mantra: "Do as I say, not as I do. Just because it's good enough for me doesn't mean it is for you."
  26. Nav
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    Nav - December 11, 2012 5:14 am
    Silly me!
  27. Nav
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    Nav - December 11, 2012 5:13 am
    I agree Calme.
  28. Oscar
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    Oscar - December 10, 2012 11:19 pm
    b-man's hypocrisy is the same as walker's. Only walker is calling for the removal of rights and the destruction of democracy. True Americans need to rid the nation of the filth of republicanism. Round up the traitorous gop bastards and put them on trial. Being able to register and vote is fundamental to our great country. Removing of this right is for purely political reasons. republicans = scum
  29. concerned_citizen
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    concerned_citizen - December 10, 2012 11:14 pm
    wait, I thought "we were broke"?
    so costing us more money, to solve a problem that does not exist (except for Republicans who hate Wisconsinites voting) is wasted money? Our money.
  30. B-Man
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    B-Man - December 10, 2012 10:48 pm
    Walker gets called out for accompanying his son to register at the polls. Yet, the WEAC endorsed candidate for governor sends his kids to a Catholic school, and the home ofhis running mate, the president of the firefighters union, is protected by a volunteer department.
  31. calme
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    calme - December 10, 2012 10:46 pm
    The comment has nothing to do with "despising the man", Norby. There is something ludicrous about a man using a process and then actively seeking to eliminate the same process for everyone else.
  32. Norby
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    Norby - December 10, 2012 9:53 pm
    As would any good father. There are so many better reasons to despise the man, why pick this one?
  33. Norby
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    Norby - December 10, 2012 9:51 pm
    Don't think of it as wasted money. Thinkk of the jobs it will create!
  34. davea
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    davea - December 10, 2012 9:25 pm
    Funny how Walker stood and watched his son register last Nov. 6th, so he could vote.
  35. Nav
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    Nav - December 10, 2012 8:46 pm
    Since the Governor claims to be careful not to waste state money, he should be opposing any effort to end same day registration, not supporting it. People should have the right to register whenever they want to. WHY should anyone care when they registered, and why?

    Republican governs in Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, and Ohio have created havoc in their states when it comes to changing election laws so that they favor the Republican party. The people are waking up to this, and these four Governors will be soundly defeated in 2014.

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