State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
UW-Madison political science professors collaborating with the state’s Government Accountability Board have studied states that allow voters to cast their ballots on Election Day or through an early voting system. They have found early voting procedures lower turnout.
The Daily Herald quotes Barry Burden, UW-Madison political science professor:
“It probably does help some people get to the polls that would not otherwise vote, but on net, we think it lowers turnout. It certainly doesn’t increase it. If you have everyone voting on Election Day, it is an exciting, stimulating event that brings everyone out to the polls.”
Here is more from the UW.
The GAB will take up the report and recommendations at its December 14, 2009 meeting. Election officials, voters and the public are encouraged to read the report and send comments by November 30, 2009.
Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to: GABPublicComment@wi.gov.
Comments can be submitted through regular mail to:
Early Voting Comments
Government Accountability Board