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Denise Beckfield: Same-day registration is a necessity for some

Denise Beckfield: Same-day registration is a necessity for some

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There's one issue I've not seen addressed in the comments regarding same-day voter registration. A recent letter even suggested that those who didn't register in advance of Election Day were uninformed.

Many people cannot register prior to the election because their work schedules simply don't permit it. My first job required a 45-minute commute. I left for work at 7 a.m. and got home after 6 p.m. Given the hours our city clerk's office was open, I'd have had to take time off from work without pay to register before Election Day. Many voters can't afford to do that, and many employers would not allow it. But since the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m, anyone who votes is able to register on Election Day.

I realize, based on the priorities evident in his budget, that Gov. Scott Walker is not especially concerned with working class citizens for whom this might be an issue. But as governor, he should be — because for those individuals, retaining same-day registration is an important part of ensuring their right to vote. And that should be a concern for everyone who cares about democracy in Wisconsin.

— Denise Beckfield, Verona

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