YES, Wisconsin should retain same-day voter registration"!
YES, “Wisconsin should retain same-day voter registration"!
I agree with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial. WHY did our WI State Governor Scott Walker "escape to CA" to deliver his agenda "ON" Friday, 11/16/2012? What do YOU think?
Is Governor Scott Walker TONE-DEAF or in DENIAL about our Tuesday, November 6, 2012 voting in WI? Does he NOT know what WE THE PEOPLE of WI said in our VOTING? WHY did our WI Governor "escape to CA" to announce his AGENDA ON WI? I use the term “ON” advisedly since I do NOT consider Walker’s agenda “for” WI. Do YOU?
I HOPE you have read the reports so YOU know WALKER’s agenda ON WI. If not, there is a news article by Dee J. Hall and Samara Kalk Derby available as published on Monday, November 19, 2012 by the Wisconsin State Journal, “Gov. Scott Walker unveils agenda for Wisconsin during speech in California.”
You can watch the whole Scott Walker speech on YouTube using this link, “A Reagan Forum with Scott Walker – 11/16/12."
Also, you can watch the “exclusive interview” with WI Governor Scott Walker at the Reagan Library via YouTube “An Interview with Scott Walker – 11/16/12."
Why do YOU think our WI Governor Scott Walker went to CA to outline his agenda “ON” WI?
Among the agenda items which Scott identified was his desire to change our LONG-STANDING(since 1971) Wisconsin law that allows voters to register at their polling place on the day of an election. WHY?!
ALERT is sounded by Daily Kos, “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants to kill the nation’s oldest same-day voter registration law”!
I urge you to read this article which provides HISTORICAL CONTEXT for our WI same-day registration law. Just think: WE WERE FIRST IN 1971! I support SAME-DAY VOTER REGISTRATION! Do YOU?
I am grateful for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial, “Wisconsin should retain same-day voter registration,” published yesterday (11/23/2012).
TODAY the Wisconsin State Journal brings additional information with perspective to the issue with its news article in today’s issue, “Local clerks say eliminating same-day voter registration would create more difficulties.”
Read this article which reports on the various COMPLICATIONS which eliminating same-day voter registration would create. Pay attention to the issue of PROVISIONAL BALLOTS!
NOTE the fact that IF WI were to repeal same-day voter registration, WI would subject itself to numerous FEDERAL REGULATIONS, including necessity of providing that WI implement “The Motor Voter Act.”
Right now, WI is exempt from this law because of our SAME-DAY REGISTRATION LAW. You should check details by reading the Wikipedia article, “National Voter Registration Act of 1993” popularly called “THE MOTOR VOTER ACT.” What do YOU think? Should we choose to repeal our same-day registration and implement “The Motor Voter Act”? I wonder whether Scott Walker is even aware of this consequence of his policy goal.
I would note that Scott Walker has made numerous significant public policy decisions without KNOWLEDGE and appropriate evaluation. I am among WE THE PEOPLE of WI who wishes we had removed Scott Walker from office with our RECALL VOTE last June (2012). NOW we have to live with the consequences.
In fact, the situation has become VERY PROBLEMATIC AGAIN with the fact that WE THE PEOPLE of WI did NOT learn the lesson of voting in 2010 when we gave total control of our WI State Government to the conservative Republicans.
DIVIDED GOVERNMENT is BEST for WE THE PEOPLE of WI! I know comments have accused me of NOT making that assertion in my WE THE PEOPLE blog posts through the years when DEMOCRATS had united government in WI. NOT TRUE! I have argued consistently that DIVIDED GOVERNMENT is OPTIMAL for our republics – both WI and the USA. DIVIDED GOVERNMENT does, however, work ONLY with the principles of NEGOTIATIONS & COMPROMISE. Those are key principles of a HEALTHY republic!
WE THE PEOPLE of WI saw a dramatic example of the DYSfunction which comes from a UNIFIED government when there is NO negotiation and compromise! Are we NOW going to live through this kind of DYSfunctional state government again? I had thought Scott Walker had learned a lesson from the RECALL and was honestly seeking true bi-partisan negotiations and compromise.
The CA address clearly announced that Walker is NOT going to walk the talk of the RECALL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. He is NOW sounding the clear-cut conservative REPUBLICAN attitude and WALKING that talk.
I dare to have the audacity of HOPE that WE THE PEOPLE of WI will be able to defend our same-day voter registration in spite of Walker and his conservative REPUBLICAN puppets in our legislature. What do YOU hope for?
Here we go…
John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.