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"Motor voter" system would happen if Wisconsin dumps same-day voter registration


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin is one of only eight states where people can register to vote on Election Day, and it will be 10 after new laws take effect in California and Connecticut.

But if the Badger State trashes it – as Governor Scott Walker is talking about – the state must adopt a “motor voter” registration system, in which people can register at the same place they apply for driver’s licenses or apply for public benefits.

That’s required under federal law, but Wisconsin is exempt because of its same-day registration policy – which it’s had for 36 years.

Some Republicans claim that same-day registration benefits Democrats – especially in presidential contests which get the highest turnouts.

Last week, the GOP’s new Assembly speaker – Robin Vos – said he was reviewing his party’s decision from 2011 not to seek an end to same-day registration. Vos also said he wanted to weigh the advantages of both the same-day and the motor voter systems.

Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend said it’s harder to check the addresses given by voters on Election Day – and if fraud’s going on, it would be harder to commit under a motor voter system.

But Scot Ross of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now says there’s no truth to the widespread voter fraud that Republicans claim.