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2 Republicans move forward on ending same day voter registration


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state Assembly Republican is not giving up his effort to end Election Day voter registration in Wisconsin – even though the governor said the move is too expensive.

Oconomowoc Representative Joel Kleefisch and Senate Republican Alberta Darling have been working on a bill to eliminate the 36-year-old same-day registrations.

Kleefisch says his staff is looking into the various components of the current law. He says he still believes that eliminating the system is a good idea but quote, “We will strongly consider the governor’s viewpoint.”

The Republican Walker told reporters in Pewaukee this morning that he would not sign a bill with the kind of costs mentioned by the Government Accountability Board.

The elections’ agency said it would cost them $5.2 million now, and $2 million every two years after, to comply with federal election rules that would kick in if the same-day registration system is scrapped. Because of the same-day system, Wisconsin is exempt from a number of federal voting regulations.