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Gov. Walker says he won't end same-day registration


PEWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he no long favors ending same-day registration in Wisconsin, citing a report that says doing away with it would cost at least $5.2 million.

"There's no way I'm signing a bill that costs that much money," Walker told reporters at a town hall discussion at a Madison business.

The report came from the Government Accountability Board. It said if the state eliminated same-day registration, it would have to make other changes to comply with federal laws.

Sun Prairie city clerk Diane Hermann-Brown concedes to 27 News registering voters on election days is worker-intensive, but says the alternative would be tougher.

"There's a difference between a hardship and a burden. An added burden is what we would be having financially with the elimination of this, and the federal requirements that would kick in."

Hermann-Brown says the GAB's estimate is yet to factor in the costs of ending same-day registration for villages, cities and counties.

Walker had previously said he would sign such a bill, although it wasn't a priority for him and he wouldn't push the issue in the Legislature.

Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), who has indicated she would consider co-authoring legislation to do away with same day registration, declined comment on whether she will still push the idea, when contacted by 27 News.

Another potential legislative co-author, Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), told the state's cost estimate gives him pause. 

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