Despite Gov. Scott Walker’s opposition to same-day voter registration, he accompanied his college-age son to a Wauwatosa polling place to register and vote the same day as the GOP Senate primary in August, records show and the governor’s office confirmed.
Matt D. Walker registered to vote in Wauwatosa on Aug. 14, City Clerk Carla Ledesma said Friday. Gov. Walker’s spokeswoman said the governor was with his son at the time.
Spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said the circumstance “pretty clearly highlights the point” that eliminating same-day registration “is not a priority for” Walker.
In a speech last month in California, Walker said Wisconsin would be “much better” without same-day voter registration. Walker has also said he would sign a bill ending same-day voter registration, but that ending it wouldn’t be a priority for him in the next legislative session.
Earlier this week, Walker called the controversy over same-day voter registration in Wisconsin a “ridiculous issue,” although state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, said in an email that he and Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, are seeking co-sponsors on a bill to eliminate the practice.
Democrats say the move is a Republican voter suppression technique that would discourage voter turnout, which is traditionally high in Wisconsin.