Brenden Timpe

Brenden Timpe is a blogger at PolicyShop.

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A Budgetary Case for Same Day Registration

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A new report from a Wisconsin state agency makes clear that Same Day Registration is not just a low-cost way to make voting more accessible. It can even be a budget-saver. The report from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board dealt a blow to advocates of repealing the state’s Same Day Registration policy. It pegged the cost of such a change as high as $14.5 million. Some of the costs are one-time expenditures, but many will be ongoing. The report, which tracks with the results of a Demos study conducted last year , is yet another nail in the coffin of arguments against Same Day Registration. After all, the benefits are very clear. The Government Accountability Board found that 10 to 15 percent of Wisconsinites register or update their registration on Election Day. That’s a lot of people who would be turned away or forced to cast their lot with a provisional ballot if not for Same Day Registration. In fact, as the Wisconsin report shows, Same Day Registration can all but...

The President's Call for Election Reform

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President Obama’s State of the Union address included an important call to fix the long lines and other problems that plagued voters in 2012. The president was near the end of his speech when he brought up the waiting times that stretched as long as six hours in some places and led an estimated 200,000 Florida voters to give up and go home. He rightly cast the issue as one of protecting Americans’ most fundamental rights: When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can't wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That's why, tonight, I'm announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I'm asking two long-time experts in the field, who've recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney's campaign, to lead it. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy. Kudos to the...