Even the right wingers on the Journal Sentinel's editorial board were outraged, as demonstrated by today's comment from David Haynes, featured below.
But more importantly, the audio (edited for time) featured here, of Charlie Sykes fill-in Nick Reed, probably made things even worse for Walker and Robin Vos. Reed couldn't have been more stereotypically Republican on voter ID, same day registration and the horrors of large voter turnout. He even pointed out how the simple act of buying "malt liquor" requires an ID. Subtle.
David Haynes, Journal Sentinel editorial board: Gov. Scott Walker sure put a lot on the table during that sold-out speech at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in California … changing Wisconsin law that allows voters to register at their polling place on the day of an election.
It’s a bad idea, and it will almost surely reduce the number of people voting – many of whom are inclined to vote for Democrats, which likely is the real reason the ever-political Walker wants to make the change.
Walker:“States across the country that have same-day registration have real problems because the vast majority of their states have poll workers who are wonderful volunteers, who work 13 hour days and who in most cases are retirees. It’s difficult for them to handle the volume of people who come at the last minute. It'd be much better if registration was done in advance of election day. It'd be easier for our clerks to handle that. All that needs to be done."
More voters equals more democracy. The state has encouraged voter participation without major problems. That “widespread voter fraud” that Republicans complain about? Doesn’t exist. Like voter ID, which targeted “widespread voter fraud,” Walker’s idea is a sham. This is nothing but politics.
It’s not about making it easier on senior citizen volunteers. It’s about making it harder on Democrats.