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.”