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GOP lawmaker still wants to eliminate same-day voter registration

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Senator Glenn Grothman
Senator Glenn Grothman

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Republican lawmaker still wants his colleagues to eliminate voter registration on Election Day as one of their first acts in the new session next month.

Senator Glenn Grothman of West Bend said he had not reviewed a new report from the Government Accountability Board.

It said it would cost the agency millions of dollars to comply with federal voting laws for which the state is now exempt due to its same-day registration policy. Grothman believes it’s easier to use the same-day system to commit voter fraud – even though he admits he cannot prove it.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson of Milwaukee said the only fraud is Republicans, “disenfranchising people and trying to take their votes away.”

Some Republicans have long claimed that same-day registration helps Democrats. Grothman said it would be harder to cheat under the federal “motor voter” law which the state would have to adopt if it dumps same-day registration. It would allow voters to register where they get their driver’s licenses and public benefits.

The new report said the Government Accountability Board would have to spend $5.2 million now, and almost $2 million every two years after that – mostly for federally-required mailings to voters which the state does not have to do now. 

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