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Advisory referendums for ending same-day voter registration on two ballots Tuesday


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Supporters of Wisconsin’s Election Day voter registration hope to send a message to legislators to keep the current system in place.

Advisory referendums are on Tuesday’s ballots in Milwaukee and Dane County.

Supporters of same-day registration took the issue to the voters, after Governor Scott Walker and other Republicans said they would favor scrapping the three-decade-old system. But that talk died down after the Government Accountability Board said it would cost $14.5 million to end same-day registration.

That’s because Wisconsin would then have to comply with the federal “motor voter law,” in which people can register to vote when they renew their drivers’ licenses and apply for government benefits.

The Journal Sentinel says the referendum is expected to pass in Milwaukee – but possibly, not by a large enough margin to kill the idea of dropping the same-day voter sign-ups.

Some Republicans have said that same-day registration helps Democrats. Over 50,000 people registered in Milwaukee on Election Day last November – and both the city and the state helped Democrat Barack Obama get re-elected as president.