The research found the state would have to increase mailings and offer new ways for people to register to vote, including registration through Division of Motor Vehicle offices. G.A.B officials say those costs outweigh any staffing changes at the polls. The new G.A.B study is only the start of the expected costs.
“There will certainly be other responsibilities on local election officials that they don't have now as well as other state agencies besides ours,” said Kennedy.
“I've said, one, it's a distraction and in light of those numbers, it's pretty clear not only would I not sign it with that dollar amount, but I don't think the Legislature even comes close to passing it,” said Walker. “There's no way people want to spend that kind of money for something like that.”
“It's about doing the right thing,” said State Senator Dave Hansen, (D)-Green Bay. “I don't think he thought this out well enough.”
Hansen says it's likely Governor Walker's original goal may have been to suppress voter turnout.
“We should be encouraging people to vote rather than discouraging them,” said Hansen.
The Governor has said he believes voters would register early if it was required. But at least for the near future, Wisconsin will continue to be one of eight states to allow registration on Election Day.
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