Nov 20, 2012

Scott Walker Says He Wants to End Same-Day Registration out of Concern for Poll Workers

Update: Scott Walker said he meant "job creation," not ending same-day voter registration. Poor misunderstood soul.

Scott Walker, it reported in the AP this morning, is floating the idea to ditch same-day voting registration in Wisconsin.

It is not reported that this is another Republican-Tea Party attack against citizens' voting.

Gee, which demographics of voters most often would need to register on election day?

Look, for the corporate press to continue to play dumb on the story.

From the AP:

Walker made the comments as part of a speech he gave Friday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in Simi Valley, Calif., in which he talked in general terms about his agenda for the upcoming legislative session. He did not say whether he would propose doing away with same-day registration, which has been targeted by Republicans in the past.

However, he was critical of the practice that has been cited as a factor in Wisconsin's traditionally high voter turnout. About 70 percent of the voting-age population cast ballots in the presidential election two weeks ago.

"States across the country that have same-day registration have real problems because the vast majority of their states have poll workers who are wonderful volunteers, who work 13-hour days and who in most cases are retirees," Walker said in the speech. "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. All that needs to be done."

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