Mandatory high school voter registration offerings to be barred

Mandatory high school voter registration offerings to be barred

By the Associated Press. CREATED Mar 13, 2012

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A requirement in state law that voter registration be offered to students in high school would be removed under a bill before the state Assembly.

The measure passed on a party line vote in the Senate last month with all Republicans in support and all Democrats opposed. The Republican-controlled Assembly was to take it up Tuesday after delaying a vote last week.

Democrats argued the bill is an assault on voting rights and part of a broader Republican agenda to suppress voting among people who are more likely to support Democrats.

But Republicans say high school students have many other options for registering and it's a burden for elections officials to offer it at the schools.