The numbers of same-day voting registration

There’s an article out by the AP in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (Sorry if it’s behind the paywall when you click.)

Here’s how it starts:

State election records show that voters in Wisconsin’s Democratic-leaning counties have been more likely to register to vote at the polls

But then it goes on to say Republicans, dog gone it, use same day voting registration, too. Imagine that.

The link inside that MJS article isn’t working, but you can use this one for maps and more information. From that Wisconsin State Journal article:

Nearly two-thirds of election day registrations were in counties where a majority voted for Democratic candidates in the three elections.

That’s the quick version of why Democrats in Wisconsin are not at all excited about ending same-day registration.

There’s a whole lot more to say about the subject, but it will wait until after the first of the year. I did want to pop the article links up, though, so they didn’t get lost on my messy digital desk.

Ho ho ho! One week to go.

Comments

  1. And that also explains why Republicans want to get rid of it. They’re OK with losing some same day Republicans, if it means they get rid of more same day Democrats. It’s a numbers game.

    What those articles don’t show is whether any of those people voted inappropriately… or if they just happened to wait until election day to register. If it’s the latter, then what reason is there to remove it?

  2. Right. There’s a whole lot not in that one article.

    I’d really love to know the answer. But here’s another question: If there’s a chance it’s being used inappropriately – say shipping folks from out of a district into one to change the results – is it worth risking?

  3. Well if the GOP hadn’t made every dem district like 65-35 so they could have more GOP districts, we wouldn’t have to worry about shipping to other districts would we?
    How bout not risking that?
    oMG. The stupidity

  4. @Cindy – The threshold for making a Constitutional right more difficult to exercise needs to be higher than “there’s a chance something bad is happening”. The threshold for making a Constitutional right more difficult to exercise must include actual proof, whether it’s voting, speaking, assembly, praying, or carrying.

  5. Nick, this “right” to register the same day of voting only takes place in 8 states of 50 and didn’t exist in WI prior to 1976. Still a right?

    Flip – there are some Dem districts in WI. Pull your knickers out of their knot.

  6. The right to carry a gun on your person in public didn’t become law until last year… still a right? ;-)

  7. Concealed carry is not a right.

  8. I never considered it a right, either. The law changed. That’s all.

  9. “That’s the quick version of why Democrats in Wisconsin are not at all excited about ending same-day registration.”

    I think it would be more accurate to say:

    That’s the quick version of why Republicans are excited about ending same-day registration. After all, they’re the ones who came up with this bright idea.

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