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GAB: Eliminating same-day voter registration would cost $5.2 million


MADISON (WKOW) -- According to a report prepared by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, eliminating same-day voter registration would cost the state $5.2 million over an initial two-year period, and an additional $1.9 million every two years after that.

The GAB prepared the report in anticipation of legislators introducing a bill in 2013 to eliminate same-day registration.

Under that scenario, federal law would require Wisconsin to establish a system for offering voter registration services at the Department of Motor Vehicles and at agencies which provide public assistance or administer programs that assist persons with disabilities.

The report says that would require substantial technological changes to the Statewide Voter Registration System to facilitate the transfer of voter registration applications and other information to those partner agencies and to election officials.

The GAB also contends they would have to create new positions in order to administer provisions of federal laws, coordinate voter registration activities with other state agencies, develop and implement IT solutions, provide training to local election officials and partner agencies, compile registration data and satisfy federal reporting requirements, and implement a public information and outreach program to educate the public about significant changes to voter registration procedures and provisional ballot rules.

Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) says he plans on drafting a proposal to eliminate election day registration.

While Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says the issue is not a priority for him, he also says he would sign such a bill if it came to his desk.

The report estimates that 10-15% of voters register on election day.

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