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Hypocrisy alert: WI Gov. Scott Walker's son used same-day voter registration in GOP primary

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Wisconsin county clerks said this to Gov. Scott Walker: “There’s no way we’d be in favor” of eliminating same-day voter registration. They said that because Walker rationalized his latest voter suppression fantasy of doing away with same-day registration by declaring that life would be easier for election clerks.

Isn't that just like Scotty? Always thinking of others.

Then he backed off his original remarks.

But shortly after Walker spoke, Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) said he and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) were writing a bill to end election-day registration.

When he spoke to reporters Wednesday, Walker said he still backed ending election-day registration but said his opponents were getting carried away with the issue because he was not pursuing it.

So he did back it, but he then he didn't, not really, but his supporters do, and he still does, too.

He's just not "pursuing" it, see. Even though he backs it. But didn't. But does.

Got that?

Now get this... Via JSOnline:

Although he has signaled opposition to same-day voter registration, Gov. Scott Walker accompanied his college-age son to a Wauwatosa polling place to register and vote on Aug. 14 - the day of the GOP Senate primary.

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Wisconsin voter suppression alert

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Wikipedia:

Robin J. Vos is a Republican Party member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 63rd Assembly District since 2004. Vos is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, serving as Wisconsin state leader.

In case you had forgotten, ALEC  (American Legislative Exchange Council) is an organization of state legislators which favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions. They literally write legislation for Republican Congress members, who then do whatever they can to pass it. The Nation:

Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: it gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding.

All that was just to give you a little background on who's behind the Voter I.D. laws in Wisconsin.

Via WisPolitics:

Incoming Assembly speaker Robin Vos told Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha” that requiring a photo ID for voting will be a priority in the upcoming legislative session.

“Having photo ID is something that is broadly supported by the public. It is something that I really hope we will have in place by the next general election,” he said about the law that has been hung up in the courts. [...]

He added a swipe at same-day registration, under fire from many Republicans.

Governor Scott Walker supports this, of course. Anything to make it harder for voters to, you know, vote, right Republicans?

Same-day registrants tended to vote Democratic, including minorities and students. And Walker and his pals might want to pay attention to WI county clerks who say, “There’s no way we’d be in favor” of eliminating same-day voter registration.

Even though the Justice Department already examining ways to make voting easier, that doesn't seem to deter voter suppressionists like Vos. Only a few weeks ago, Romney's Wisconsin co-chair said he would have “absolutely” won the state with the Voter ID law. There's your motive, not faux concerns over Voter I.D. fraud.

Again, it’s the Republicans who have tried to suppress the vote in several Republican-run states, and from the reports I’ve seen, it’s Republicans who have been caught committing voter fraud.

Voter I.D. fraud is nearly non-existent, and, of course, the GOP-generated Voter I.D. laws affect mostly Democratic voters.

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WI county clerks to Gov. Scott Walker: “There’s no way we’d be in favor" of eliminating same-day voter registration

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In November, Wisconsin's GOP gained seats in the Senate, giving the party control over the legislature, not to mention having a Republican Governor, Scott Walker. They've got it all.

So what does Scotty do, a mere two weeks after President Obama’s presidential victory? Why, he announces his desire to make voting harder for more people, because, you know, that's what democracy's all about... at least in Walker's narrow little mind. He suggested doing this by getting rid of same-day voter registration, something that's been around for decades in Wisconsin.

Walker rationalizes his newest voter suppression fantasy of doing away with same-day registration by declaring that life would be easier for election clerks. He would be wrong.

Via the Wisconsin State Journal:

But the state's municipal clerks — the ones who run elections — are not looking to be relieved of the extra work, said Diane Hermann-Brown, election communications chairwoman for the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks' Association. In fact, eliminating the practice would create a "heavy burden" on municipalities and the state, said Hermann-Brown, who is the city clerk in Sun Prairie.

"There's no way we'd be in favor of that," she said.

If same-day registration were eliminated, the state would no longer be exempt from a whole raft of federal provisions, Hermann-Brown said, including requiring state social-service agencies and driver's license bureaus to register voters.

Clerks also would be required to issue provisional ballots to voters whose registrations could not immediately be verified, she said.

Provisional ballots create headaches for clerks and voters and can also delay election results for days.

Election 2012 gave Walker and his fellow Republicans a few new headaches, of course, because President Obama won, and he won because same-day registrants tended to vote Democratic, including minorities and students.

As Hermann-Brown noted, the 1976 Legislature made this point when they passed the law: "The vote is the single most critical act in our democratic system of government ... voter registration was not intended to and should not prevent voting."

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