Thanks to Governor Scott Walker & friends’ journey to slay democracy within our state, on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, Wisconsin residents will be faced with voting on a referendum to decide whether we should keep same-day voter registration or nullify it.
Why is same-day voter registration relevant?
- 19% of the people who turned out to vote in the 2012 Presidential election were able to do so because they could register at the polls the same day. The vast majority of these voters are college students. Ending same-day registration would disenfranchise younger voters, who tend to vote progressively
- An average of 334,893 voters (13.3%) have benefited from same-day registration since November of 2000, according to the Government Accountability Board’s data
- Wisconsin averaged a 60.93% turnout over the past six elections – almost 10% higher than the national average
How will eliminating same-day voter registration hurt us?
- It will cost taxpayers up to $14.5 million to eliminate same-day voter registration in the state, which would mean that bureaucracies with endless wait lines like the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) would have to establish a system to provide registration services
- Ending registration at the polls suppresses the minority and working class vote through inaccessible registration hours and locations
- Our state’s proud history of above-average civic engagement will be no more, as this push would undermine voters who do not operate on the state’s schedule
- It is an underhanded partisan trick to tip the scale in favor of a particular party:
“Marquette’s Alumni Memorial Union hosted the top three wards with the most same-day voter registrations in Milwaukee, according to statistics from the city commission. A majority of voters who cast ballots at Marquette’s polling site registered the same day. Of those same-day registrations, 42 percent voted Republican and 58 percent Democrat, city commission data showed.“
YOU decide whether we keep fair balance by keeping same-day registration in Wisconsin- VOTE April 2nd, 2013!
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