There's one issue I've not seen addressed in the comments regarding same-day voter registration. A recent letter even suggested that those who didn't register in advance of Election Day were uninformed.

Many people cannot register prior to the election because their work schedules simply don't permit it. My first job required a 45-minute commute. I left for work at 7 a.m. and got home after 6 p.m. Given the hours our city clerk's office was open, I'd have had to take time off from work without pay to register before Election Day. Many voters can't afford to do that, and many employers would not allow it. But since the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m, anyone who votes is able to register on Election Day.

I realize, based on the priorities evident in his budget, that Gov. Scott Walker is not especially concerned with working class citizens for whom this might be an issue. But as governor, he should be — because for those individuals, retaining same-day registration is an important part of ensuring their right to vote. And that should be a concern for everyone who cares about democracy in Wisconsin.

— Denise Beckfield, Verona

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The *real* moral of the story is that the relative ease or difficulty of registering is irrelevant. There is no compelling reason to get rid of same-day registration. In fact, no one has even identified any real problem that same-day registration creates, or how getting rid of it solves any real problem. It's all huff and puff, because there the only real "reason" is political.

Common sense. Waiting until On election day means it leaves these officials with zero time to check and discrepancies or verify what you provide. Anyone who wants to cheat the system does it then because they know they are super busy and that the likely won't have or take the time to check.


Again, this is all in your imagination. There has been no problem with same-day registration. Poll workers know how to deal with it, and it poses no problem on election day. You have no compelling reason except imaginary fears of fraud. And you talk about common sense? Here's some genuine common sense for you: if it ain't broke, don't "fix" it.

how do you get a drivers license?
Several states allow voter registration at the DMV. Bill Clinton was All for this a few years ago. Now the Dems are against any and all forms of pre-registration as it takes away their opportunity to use same day registration to shove through piles of illegals.


Wow Mid, you are completely mischaracterizing what the the natl voter registration act (aka "motor voter") did and why Clinton/Dems were on board with that but not current Wis. legislation

Motor voter greatly EXPANDED registration and allowed for mail-in registrations for those who couldnt get do a DMV. Wis was allowed to not implement it in exchange for keeping its current same-day registration.

The current Walker/repub legislation in contrast suppresses voter registration.

re NVRA:

The legislation was initially designed to reduce costs of voting registration by accumulating individual data when applying for a drivers license and or receiving social assistance.[1] The "motor voter" nickname came from the idea that most of the NVRA data was accumulated from applicants renewing or obtaining driver's licenses.[1] Individuals who applied for "agency based" needs such as food stamps, disability services and other social services were to be offered voter registration, as well. The intention of the legislation was to encourage greater access to voter registration for the citizens who needed further assistance registering to vote. Also, NVRA allowed for more accessible voter registration through mail-in and individual voter registration drive

Ernest Pellegrino
Ernest Pellegrino

Unless your job doesn't give sick days or vacations, it seems with a little fore thought it would be relatively easy to register well before elections It may also be that your employer would be willing to give you an hour or so to register if asked. Ernie


A one minute google search yielded this link.

Here is the pertinent info.
Anyone wishing to vote in the state of Wisconsin has three options to register:
1. BY MAIL: Download the Application for Voter Registration GAB-131 in English, or Spanish or Hmong, complete the form and mail it into the municipal clerk's office. Find your Wisconsin Municipal Clerk here. The application must be postmarked no later than the 20th day (3rd Wednesday) before the election.

PLEASE NOTE: State and federal law now requires that any first-time voter submitting a registration application by mail provide a copy of an acceptable identifying document that provides proof of residence. (A “first-time voter” is an individual who has not voted in an election in Wisconsin.) Acceptable forms of proof of residence are outlined below. Please note that first-time voters registering by mail may not use a residential lease as proof of residence. The copy of the form of proof of residence must be included when submitting the registration application. If a copy of proof of residence is not included, the elector will be required to supply it before being issued a ballot at the polling place or before being issued an absentee ballot in the municipal clerk’s office.
2. In person at the Municipal Clerks office.
3. At the Polls, for now.

If you don't have access to a computer; know someone who has access; can't get to a public library with extended hours; don't know how to use a computer; can't address a letter to the Municipal Clerk requesting the form or know someone who can write the letter for you, get back into your time machine and advance to the 21st century.
In case you didn't gather it, the last paragraph wasn't from that link.

The moral of the story is that it isn't all that hard to get registered before the election.

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