Despite view on same-day registration, Walker took son to sign up on primary day

2012-12-07T17:35:00Z 2012-12-11T18:55:11Z Despite view on same-day registration, Walker took son to sign up on primary dayMARY SPICUZZA | Wisconsin State Journal | | 608-252-6122

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.

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  1. ShoePolishHead
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    ShoePolishHead - December 08, 2012 5:30 pm
    Republican should be spelled like this ====> Hypocrite.

  2. jheaton416
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    jheaton416 - December 08, 2012 3:11 pm
    IOKIYAR in action.
  3. cmb53703
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    cmb53703 - December 08, 2012 12:48 pm
    OK then, can you point to one success story in his political career? How about as Milwaukee County Executive? He was so good at attracting jobs and economic growth that Milwaukee's the 4th poorest city in the entire country. He becomes governor and promises jobs. Does he do a good job at that? Nope, Wisconsin lags the rest of the nation in job growth.

    Moving on, we have examples of blatant hypocrisy, such as the idea that same-day registration is good for his son but bad for black people in the Inner City of Milwaukee or white folks in Adams County. And in spite of the state being "broke," money is being found to remodel the kitchen to the tune of $480,000.

    Scott Walker has given this state examples of blatant ineptitude and hypocrisy so gross that it shows a grandiose sense of entitlement and contempt for the people of this state.
  4. gibbyplayer
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    gibbyplayer - December 08, 2012 12:32 pm
    Priceless! It's just too easy to mock this guy!
  5. Good Gosh
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    Good Gosh - December 08, 2012 12:25 pm
    Dear Governor and Republican Rulers,

    THANK YOU!! for solving all of Wisconsin's former problems, such as, employment, job creation, crime, education, etc., etc. I must have missed the press release announcing these victorious achievements, but I'm sure you wouldn't waste a precious second of any day devising plans for voter suppression if all of Wisconsin's problems weren't solved. I thank God every day we have such thoughtful and skilled rulers and I'm proud to tell my family and friends that I am proud to be a member of the Northern Mississippi!
  6. midwestguy
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    midwestguy - December 08, 2012 12:17 pm
    Can we expect his next response to be, "Look voters, just do as I say, not as I do."
  7. Harvey
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    Harvey - December 08, 2012 11:41 am
    And he would answer with a 1000 yards stare.
  8. Harvey
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    Harvey - December 08, 2012 11:40 am
    Cancelling same day registration is nothing more than an attempt to suppress the Democratic vote. Nothing more. Nothing less. The same thing goes for Voter I.D. laws. A law which republicans admit addresses a problem that does not exist. A law which the Governor of Pennsylvania admitted would deliver the state to Romney. Republicans have also admitted Right to Work legislation is nothing more than an attempt to reduce the amount of money flowing to Unions which historically have supported Democratic candidates. Anybody who believes differently is delusional. It's one thing when somebody lies to you. It's quite another when they think you are so stupid you believe their lies.
  9. AdiosScott
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    AdiosScott - December 08, 2012 10:31 am

    If what you say could ever be disproved, I would join that crowd in FOX-TRANCE and throw all of my efforts into supporting Walker.
  10. Nav
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    Nav - December 08, 2012 10:21 am
    What has he done for you lately, WI-Retiree? Most Wisconsin Retirees are becoming increasingly unhappy with him.
  11. Nav
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    Nav - December 08, 2012 10:18 am
    That is a question Governor Walker should be asked every day!
  12. ButSiriuslyFolks
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    ButSiriuslyFolks - December 08, 2012 9:43 am
    This is a perfect example of the effects of old age on the brain. And I'm actually being serious, not mean.

    Recent studies have shown what we've known all along: as you get older, you lose your ability to tell when people are lying to you, a penchant for believing what you're told, while losing the ability to think through ramifications of decisions yourself.

    There's a reason the elderly are commonly victims of telemarketers and scammers, lose their entire social security check each month in the casino, and watch shopping shows all day long. There's also a reason why FOX News claim the elderly as their top demographic.

    Why WOULDN'T @WI_Retiree respond to the larger issue of same-day registration and the ramifications and intentions of enacting a ban on it? All Retiree knows, after watching a day of FOX News and having pretty blonde women repeat the day's talking point memo over and over again, that "Walker is one of the good guys"....and any attacks or criticism is just coming from those dishonest, stupid people on the left or the lamestream media.

    Retiree isn't going to give any reasons for his opinion, isn't going to talk about the policy, because he doesn't understand it until the people he "trusts" tell him why. And, I wish I was just being mean and spiteful here, but its a harsh reality and, quite honestly, as much a sin against our parents and grandparents as a scammer taking their money over the phone.
  13. witness2012
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    witness2012 - December 08, 2012 8:29 am
    But, do you agree with ending 'same day' registration, Wi-R? This isn't about what you think about Walker, but the policy? Why do you think it should be changed?
  14. array1
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    array1 - December 08, 2012 8:23 am
    Yes but can you give a single reason as to why he would register to vote on election day???
  15. array1
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    array1 - December 08, 2012 8:21 am
    There are 364 other days in the year when walker could have registered so why did he wait until election day?
  16. spooky tooth
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    spooky tooth - December 08, 2012 8:09 am
    I agree, so what? Everyone should have the same opportunities as Waker's son, keep same day registration. Everyone knows all this other crap is nothing but voter repression.
  17. RecessionSux
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    RecessionSux - December 08, 2012 5:27 am
    So what?
  18. WI_Retiree
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    WI_Retiree - December 08, 2012 5:04 am
    I believe in Walker and think he is doing a great job.
  19. ButSiriuslyFolks
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    ButSiriuslyFolks - December 08, 2012 12:12 am
    I thought that Jon Stewart captured the Republican opportunistic hypocrisy perfectly in his Thursday interview with Chris Christie.

    “It always seems to me that for the Republican Party, if it’s not something they personally need, it’s an entitlement of the 47% that are sucking things out of the government,” Stewart argued, “but when they need it … there’s all the reasons in the world why it should be there to the tune of $30 billion.”
  20. TheJudoon
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    TheJudoon - December 07, 2012 11:05 pm
    New day ... but same B.S. from a morally bankrupt governor.
  21. Hogzilla
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    Hogzilla - December 07, 2012 11:00 pm
    It's pretty obvious. You would have to be a dimwit not to get it.

    That said, I have been paying attention to your posts for the last few weeks, yeah... you aren't particularly bright. Being a parrot and a lemming doesn't make you anything more than a shill for the lowest common denominator.

    Trust me, I can see stupid from a mile away and honey, you are as about as organized as a box full of hair upstairs.
  22. Nav
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    Nav - December 07, 2012 10:46 pm

    I am not questioning his right to take his son to register on same day of election. Of course he has the right to do that. My problem is with his hypocrisy.

    The "many parents before him" are not Governors who, for political reasons, have voiced opposition to ending same day registration. By taking his son to register on the same day, don't you think Walker has weakened his own position as to why the practice should be ended.? He has strengthened the hands of those who say that same day same day registration helps more people to vote.

  23. River
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    River - December 07, 2012 10:10 pm
    Walker loves green beans!!!!
  24. Tea Parody
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    Tea Parody - December 07, 2012 9:50 pm
    America has not had a greater patriot since Ben Franklin. Governor Walker proved in one bold move that he is pro same day voter registration and against same day voter registration. He's used it and abused and gets to have it his way no matter what. Say what you will, but the man is a political genius, and the next president of the USA. Not since Franklin himself has a man shown such ingenuity, wit, intelligence, and the ability to please everyone while doing as he pleases. Bravo to the new champion of liberty and the Republican chameleon.
  25. Buckaroo Banzai
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    Buckaroo Banzai - December 07, 2012 9:38 pm
    Yes, there will always be concerns about voter fraud. Yet, with this in mind one needs to take into account the concerted efforts in our nation to disenfranchise significant populations of our great nation. These current efforts to limit voter participation are attempts to maintain control of the electoral process. Truth be told, the more participants and active citizens we have in our nation the better. Our election process is archaic. Why limit election access other than to limit portions of our populous to participate? Why limit elections to just one day? Admittedly, there have been moves to open up early voting dates, and voting by mail, but there still is room for improvement. The only reason some want to limit access to the polls is to maintain control.
  26. bobsuruncle
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    bobsuruncle - December 07, 2012 9:37 pm
    Maybe Walker should resign and join the "Republican Think Tank" - he'll make millions as a Lobbyist working for the 1%. "No need for a college degree, son...Don't bother voting, unless it's for a GOP candidate...Associate with felons, and keep your mouth shut about my 2010 Campaign shenanigans!"
  27. calme
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    calme - December 07, 2012 9:29 pm
    No, actually, I don't.

    Walker's stated objective to end same-day voter registration would end it for all elections... If the concern is voter fraud occurring in elections, it is equally probable fraud would be committed by a voter registering same-day in either a primary or a general election. We recently saw pronounced efforts on both sides to cast votes that attempted to affect the outcomes of the opposing party's primaries, so why wouldn't fraud be possible in either election scenario?

    Even though none, meaning zero, of the minuscule 20 cases of voter fraud over the past decade were committed by voters that registered same day... If the Republican party is stating alleged fraud is the driving force behind ending same-day voter registration, the act of the Republican governor taking his son to register same-day is, without question, short-sighted, unintelligent, or both.
  28. knittingnancy
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    knittingnancy - December 07, 2012 9:24 pm
    Tea Parody, your tongue in cheek is clearly not obvious to everyone. And Walker is clearly not twofaced to some of his followers. Wonder if the kid voted progressive..they never seemed to agree with daddy-o.
  29. RichardSRussell
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    RichardSRussell - December 07, 2012 9:24 pm
    You know, if the Republicans said they're going to completely clean off the voter rolls and make everybody re-register ever year, it would be stupid and undemocratic, but at least they'd have to hire the registrars to make it happen and they'd be doing SOMETHING about jobs.
  30. xman
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    xman - December 07, 2012 9:18 pm
    This situation highlights a major problem in our country, society, and culture. A leader is blatantly hypocritical and people still support him. Scott Walker is dishonest, and lacks moral fiber. But, because Scott Walker says he is christian, his followers think he is a fine decent person.

  31. Tea Parody
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    Tea Parody - December 07, 2012 8:46 pm
    Exactly my point. Obama lied about helping unions and got re-elected. That's why Scott Walker is so smart. He knows he can lie about same day voter registration, and I mean lie to both the billionaire donation people, and lie to the general public and have it both ways. He is absolutely brilliant. Both sides believe him and yet he is incredibly two faced. Not too many politicians can pull that off, not even your Joe Biden.

    No matter which side of same day voter registration you are on, Governor Walker can now claim to take your side. If he signs off on the bill, which he will, he can say he regrets signing it, but that there is tremendous support for it. Walker wins no matter what. Just like he beat the pants of Tom Barrett! Ha! Ha! Ha!
  32. Norby
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    Norby - December 07, 2012 8:41 pm
    He took his son to register to vote, like many parents before him. I may not care for the man, but I will not fault his action in this case.
  33. JoeBlow
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    JoeBlow - December 07, 2012 8:38 pm
    I think you need to ponder the difference between a primary and a general election.
  34. witness2012
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    witness2012 - December 07, 2012 8:24 pm
    The problem with legislators coming up with solutions to non-existent problems instead of responding to problems brought to their attention by their constituents is that their "solution" can often cause more problems.

    In this case, they've cut the budgets of cities and now, they expect them to take on new function, implemented in a new way, rather than let them continue in the way that was built into their institutional operations. As all the city clerks have pointed out, if the state doesn't have 'same day' registration, they are required to put other programs in place and offer registration in places that they currently don't now- like human services agencies and the DMV.

    That requires new staff, new training, new procedures- all which require money- when no problem has been identified with the current system which has been budgeted for.

    This is not how you pass good policy.
  35. concerned_citizen
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    concerned_citizen - December 07, 2012 8:08 pm
    fewer people voting is clearly a "big priority" for state Republicans

    embarrassing that Walker used same day registration - awesome.
  36. calme
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    calme - December 07, 2012 7:02 pm
    AH HAHAHA!!!!!


    It's sad we have a "leader" that is this short-sighted, unintelligent, or both... Not to mention the hypocrisy of it all.

    Just ridiculous...
  37. Nav
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    Nav - December 07, 2012 6:46 pm
    Tea parody, lets try to keep the discussion on the topic and the personality discussed in the article. The personality discussed in THIS article is Governor Walker, the man who wants to deny others the benefit he used himself personally. Where I come from that's called hypocrisy, and people don't care for it.

    The topic of this article is NOT President Obama who, in spite of much voter suppression by Republicans, was elected as the country's President for a SECOND time!
  38. Tea Parody
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    Tea Parody - December 07, 2012 6:39 pm
    You don't get it do Mr. Smartypants? Governor Walker gets to have it both ways on this one. If he gets attacked for being against voter rights he can point to the family values man that he is, so family values and voter rights that he is, by reminding voters of taking his son to same day registration. But, if he has to put out a donation letter for 2014 (landslide victory for Governor by the way) or for 2016 (mega landslide victory over Hillary for president by the way) he can rightly point out that he signed legislation putting an end to same day registration and minimimizing Democratic party voter fraud. It's brilliant! Have your cake and eat it too.

    A governor smart enough to operate like this is smart enough to bring 250,000 new jobs to Wisconsin too. It's just a matter of a few more moves and the nations largest employer is going to be creating jobs by the thousand. Then all the welfare moms can get off their cans and start asking "paper or plastic" at Walmart, or "Fries with that today" at McDonalds. Full employment here we come!
  39. Tea Parody
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    Tea Parody - December 07, 2012 6:33 pm
    Despite all the liberalististas calling Governor Walker "Governor Dead Eyes" and calling him stupid, this is more proof of just how wrong they are. Governor Walker knows that some issues sell better to potentional 2016 Presidential campaign donors, and he pushes those issues, such as eliminating same-day voter regisitration when talking to those out of state donors, such as the speech in California. But in Wisconsin he takes advantage of the existing law by bringing his own son to same day registration. You can call that hypocrisy if you want, but I call it smart politics. In other words, California billionaires, and even Diane Hendricks of "divide and conquer" video fame, get the REAL story - same day voter registration is going bye-bye, but here in Wisconsin the people get the Governer Walker they've always wanted - same day voter registration is not even on the agenda.

    See? In Rome do as the Romans do. This keeps everybody happy and Governor Walker gets to build up his presidential credentials to the people that really matter - the billionaires. Governor Walker is no dummy. He knows Wisconsin goes blue on presidential elections, so he's got nothing to lose by signing Alberta Darling's legislation. After all, the people wanted it and who is he to stand in the way of the will of the people?

    You can say he speaks out of both sides of his mouth, and you'd be right. But so then does your beloved President Obama, who in the 2008 announcement for his presidential bid said he'd be right there walking the picket lines where ever a union rights were threatened? Seen Obama last year in Madison? How about showing up to support Tom Barrett? Or maybe he's been at Palermo's? No? How can that be? That's politics thats why you lazy socialististas!
  40. gbp
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    gbp - December 07, 2012 6:31 pm
    Why does Walker and his comrades Kleefisch and Darling feel they need to fix something that is not broken, only to suppress the vote. Why don't they consult with the actual clerks that register voters on election day and they will find no issues whatsoever. How hypocritical can one be when Walker himself takes his own son to register and then proclaims he needs to change that. This is typical Walker shooting from the hip as he has done many times previous.
  41. Nav
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    Nav - December 07, 2012 6:03 pm
    It will be interesting to see how the Governor responds to this. How much more do voters need to see to conclude that the Republicans are very hypocritical.
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