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1 in 8 Registers on Voting Day

1 in 8 Registers on Voting Day

By Associated Press. CREATED Dec 16, 2012
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.
   
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.