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Does Wisconsin governor think too many people voted in this election?

The answer to the question in the headline should be obvious in light of Scott Walker’s proposal to repeal his state’s same-day voter registration law.

Right-wing Republicans have a long history of advocating,  surreptitiously or otherwise, measures aimed at holding down voter turnout. Their reasoning is simple: High turnouts tend to favor Democrats.

Walker’s rationale for his latest effort at reducing voter turnout  — coming, as it does, on the heels of this month’s defeat of his party’s presidential ticket –is simply ludicrous, as Steve Benen notes HERE:

Why would Wisconsin’s governor and leading state GOP lawmakers want to scale back a system that’s worked so well? According to Walker, the state has “poll workers who are wonderful volunteers, who work 13-hour days and who in most cases are retirees.” He added, “It’s difficult for them to handle the volume of people who come at the last minute. It’d be much better if registration was done in advance of election day. It’d be easier for our clerks to handle that.”

Yes, the governor of Wisconsin wants to scrap same-day registration because he feels bad for county clerks and elderly volunteers. Riiiiiight. I’m sure that’s the only reason Walker, who also pushed a destructive voter-ID scheme that was blocked by the courts, supports this change.

For some reason, Walker’s critics are skeptical. Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters in Wisconsin, told the state AP, “Given that there have been few problems related to election-day registration, this looks like another effort to fix a problem that doesn’t exist and to do it in a way that makes it harder for people to vote. She added that same-day registration “has not been a big problem in the past — and I don’t think it was on November 6, either.”

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  1. So are you saying you don’t support motor voter registration?

    Because that is what Wisconsin would do in place of same day registration.

    I thought liberals were all in favor of motor voter laws?

  2. doc: Where did I say I don’t support motor-voter registration?

    Of course, I support it. I also support same-day registration — and there’s no good reason to abolish it.

    But Walker and his right-wing friends are always looking for ways to reduce turnout. Examples of such abounded in this recent election cycle.

    It all stems from something the late Paul Weyrich said 32 years ago in a speech to Religious Rightists: “I don’t want everybody to vote. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

    It’s that simple. Republican politicians understand that big turnouts generally are bad for their party. Hence, they do whatever they can to hold turnouts down. And they rationalize those efforts with all kinds of falsehoods about rampant voter fraud. And lots of nitwits among the general populace actually believe that crap.

  3. Why can’t you do both — motor-voter and same day registration? Together they will make it even easier for people to register…unless that is exactly what you are trying to prevent.

  4. The states of Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida can’t do enough to suppress voters who might be inclined to support the other party. I guess they’re going to keep pushing until the Feds come in and fix it. As for Walker his days are numbered either by fraud or the next election.

  5. Brian Opsahl

    Clearly the intent from the entire republican party to use voter supression to win this last election was the plan all along. Those long lines in Florida set up by the republicans of that State will become the standard if they can just get a few more Judges to agree with them…what kind of American doe’s that to others when they have the power to run their Government…Sad !!

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