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You have to hand it to these Republicans who refuse to admit they've taken a beating and get back up fighting. Like Ohio's John Husted who wants to award electoral college votes by Congressional district rather than by state, which would have given Ohio to Mitt Romney.

Now Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants to limit same day voter registration. You know that people voting gets Democrats elected so naturally the state has to do away with any provision that encourages the democratic process.

Gov. Walker expressed his deep concern for Wisconsin poll workers, volunteers and retirees,  who are overtaxed on election day. Because, you can't get more volunteers, retirees, or even paid workers. I guess.

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,” Walker said. “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.“
In 2008, 460,000 or 15% of all Wisconsin voters used election day registration to vote and had the second highest turnout.
The last time Walker and his Republican allies won complete control of the legislature in 2010, they immediately passed a discriminatory voter ID law that would have disenfranchised people like 84-year-old Ruthelle Frank had it not been blocked by a state judge.
Now, with Wisconsin State Republicans riding high, they appear to again be setting their sights on chipping away at voting rights.
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'It's the usual Republican playbook.  If you can't win fairly - change the rules!

Originally posted to Barefoothoofcare on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:50 AM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:50:27 AM PST

  •  I think the seniors would trade the false concern (4+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, exterris, Stude Dude, 3goldens

    you showed them for a commitment to keeping their medicaid money intact, asshole.

    Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. Tear Ayn, the GOP, and Fox News new orifices; laugh and enjoy. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:59:41 AM PST

  •  It's just the start (8+ / 0-)

    With Repugs in firm control of the entire state assembly and senate, this is just the start of the dismantling of WI.  It's going to get very ugly here, and I am very concerned about my state.  Walker and Vos will do anything to advance their agenda--anything.

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:17:06 AM PST

    •  It is of great concern (4+ / 0-)
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      exterris, Ice Blue, BRog, 3goldens

      Here in NY state we elected Democrats yet the 'Democrat' governor is doing everything possible to ensure a Republican legislature and assembly

      http://www.salon.com/...

      What happened in WI? Why did people vote Republicans into state office after everything you've been through?

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:43:12 AM PST

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      •  Gerrymandering. (6+ / 0-)

        The 3rd congressional district is a big Y now.  The 7th had it's southern border zigzagged to leave out the UW-Eau Claire and the UW-Stevens Point.  They did that because it's the only way Sean Duffy could hang on to his seat.

        It went like that clear down to the Assembly.

        Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

        by Ice Blue on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:24:36 AM PST

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      •  I agree 100% (1+ / 0-)
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        eXtina

        This guy might as well be Chris Christie!  They are exactly the same, and Cuomo is also no friend to Organized labor, Teachers, or Public sector Unions.  This guy is a Republican, and nothing like his father whose name he ran on.

        I will never support Cuomo, and I have voted in every single NY election and primary for many years!  I am hoping to god that Hillary runs in 16 just to ruin all of Cuomo's slick plans to fly under the radar for 16 because he wants it so bad!

        F-Him!  

  •  Walker does not care one iota about the poll (5+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, Ice Blue, BRog, 3goldens, isewquilts2

    workers.

    The citizens trying to register on election day are probably hourly employees that will vote democratic, and he, of course, knows this.  Just another bagger ploy to reduce the voting roles…

  •  Roanoke VA is cutting from 32 precincts to 19. (3+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, exterris, Ice Blue

    Starting early so can't be accused of doing it close to 2014. Why did WI elect so many repubs? When is Walker up. Can't groups fight now?

  •  Scott Walker is a coward. (3+ / 0-)
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    isewquilts2, eXtina, ruleoflaw

    He went to California to give a speech to inform the citizens of WI what he has coming up on his next budget.  While I resent his going out of state to give the details on his budget, at the same time I realize that he did so because he's a chickensh** coward and scared of his own constituents because he knew the area around the State Capitol in Madison would erupt once again with protests against what he's planning had he given that speech at the Capitol.  

    As far as eliminating same-day registration, if he gets that written in to law (and he likely will), all those of us who are Democrats/Progressives in this state will simply plan ahead and we will register voters en masse well in advance of the next election.  What he (and the snivelling weasel Robin Vos) are aiming for is to prevent students at the many college campuses throughout the state from being able to register and vote on the same day.  That's easily dealt with:  when students come back each fall to their campus, we'll just register them to vote at the same time.  So this ploy of his will not work.  By the way, I still believe that Walker won the recall because it was held AFTER the students had left college campuses to return to their home states.  Had they been here, his ass would be GONE.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

    by 3goldens on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:49:39 AM PST

    •  Per Federal law... (2+ / 0-)
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      3goldens, eXtina

      ... a state has to either offer same-day registration or they have to implement a 'motor voter' registration system.

      If Wisconsin does away with same-day, then Wisconsin will get motor-voter, and Republicans don't much like that either. So I'm not sure Walker will get very far with this once they look at 'motor voter'.

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (0+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 04:16:00 PM PST

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