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Wis. Records Show 1 in 8 Register on Voting Day

Posted at: 12/17/2012 10:29 AM

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State election records show that voters in Wisconsin's Democratic leaning counties have been more likely to register to vote on the day they cast their ballots. But Republican-leaning areas also saw heavy same-day registrations.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Unk7Uc ) that in three recent statewide elections, one in eight ballots came from voters who registered that same day.

According to the election data, 16 percent of voters in Democratic-leaning counties statewide registered on the day of the presidential election in 2008, when President Barack Obama won Wisconsin. In GOP-leaning areas, however, the rate of same-day registration was just 2.6 percentage points lower.

Two years later when Republican Scott Walker was elected governor, the same-day registration rate was 5.9 percentage points higher for Democratic-leaning areas.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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