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Report: Milwaukee election chief proves college students helped by same-day voter registration


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The head of Milwaukee’s Election Commission says he’s got proof that college students and renters would be hurt the most if the state gets rid of same-day voter registration.

Governor Scott Walker told a California audience last Friday night that he prefers trashing Wisconsin’s 36-year-old policy of letting voters register at the polls.

Neil Albrecht of Milwaukee’s election agency said it would hurt those who move most often – namely college youngsters, renters, and the poor.

The Journal Sentinel asked Albrecht to prove his claim, by finding out where the most Election Day registrations were for Walker’s recall election on June 5th. The paper said there were just over 43,000 same-day registrants – and most of the sign-ups were in the wards at or near UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. And Albrecht said those schools were not in session that day.

He predicts a much higher level of activity from the campus areas when he reviews the same-day registrations from the November 6th presidential contest – which was carried by Democrat Barack Obama in Milwaukee and the state as a whole.