It does have this little nugget within its pages:
"The one thing that could eliminate a large percentage of fraudulent voting
in any given election is the elimination of on-site or same-day voter
registration systems."... "As an alternative, if On-Site registration is to
continue in its present form, then the presentation of a government issued
identification card that includes that includes the voters name, address
(including city) and date of birth should be presented before that person is
allowed to register and vote."
Now, I'm not surprised that a Police Department report would call for a quick fix that makes their lives easier. Doing away with same-day registration would cut down on the clerical errors which this report found responsible for most of the instances which some are calling fraud. But the people of Wisconsin, through the actions of the Legislature, have decided that making voting as easy as possible is our goal. Democracy works best when the most people have access to it.
Mitra Jalali says in The Daily Cardinal:
When Wisconsin instituted same-day voter registration in 1976, voter turnout
jumped significantly. In the 2006 election, states with same-day registration
averaged a 48.7 percent turnout, compared with 38.2 percent in states without
But let's just play along with those who want to end same-day registration altogether. What happens then? Jalali, again:
The National Voting Rights Act (popularly known as the Motor Voter Act) lets
people register to vote when they apply for/renew their driver’s license or
visit any public assistance office, something Wisconsin currently doesn’t allow.
But 16 year olds can’t vote, half of Wisconsin’s blacks don’t have driver’s
licenses, and discontinuing the practice of same-day registration leaves
everyone else to flock to increasingly popular and privately conducted voter
registration drives. Traditionally, these drives have even higher rates of
clerical error than government-administered registration on Election Day.
Is it the goal of the right-wing sqauwkers to build the base for ACORN? Wouldn't it make more sense to have a better trained, less likely to err cadre of poll workers as the last line of defense than giving the task of voter registration completly over to private groups?
Even the MPD ackowledges that the Voter ID proposals currently being floated in Madison would do little to end the errors it identified. That's why they didn't call for a "papers, please" election protocol. It's time to end the sham of HAVA and get on with fixing the problems in the system.