The debate over same-day voter registration surfaced again in the area Tuesday, even though the governor has backed off the idea. Government Accountability Board reports so far show a hefty cost to stop same-day voter registration. Its report released in December showed a $5 million initial cost and $1 million a year after that. Without same-day registration, supporters claim registration sites would need to be set up at other agencies.
Around two dozen supporters of same-day voter registration voiced their concerns in Appleton. “That has been shown to boost the voter turnout,” said Irene Strohbeen of the League of Women Voters of Appleton.
We did a FOX 11 Fact Check. According to the Government Accountability Board, Wisconsin is one of nine states that allow same-day voter registration. In the 2008 presidential election, 400,000 voters registered on Election Day in Wisconsin. This past November, Wisconsin had the second highest voter turnout in the country, around 70 percent. Minnesota was number one. Other supporters of same-day registration say they’d like to keep it that way.
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