Scott Walker Abandons Voter Suppression Plan In Light Of $5.2 Million Price Tag

In a huge victory for voter participation, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) told reporters Wednesday he would abandon plans to repeal the state’s vaunted same-day voter registration law. A study by the state’s non-partisan Government Accountability Board released Tuesday found that such a plan would likely cost about $5.2 million to implement and would do nothing to reduce the workload for local clerks. Walker announced, in light of the report, “There is no way I’m signing a bill that costs that kind of money,” and that he expected the Republican-controlled state legislature to abandon the effort. Under the current system, Wisconsin has one of the highest voter participation rates in the country.