April Ballot Placement
Oshkosh Mayor: (Vote for not more than One)
Paul J. Esslinger
Oshkosh Common Council (Vote for not more than Three)
Jessica J. King
Bryan L. Bain
Mark C. Nielsen
I am a professor of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I use this blog try to promote critical thinking about mainstream media, establishment politics, and popular culture.
From the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign:
For anyone interested in increasing voter turnout, two recent studies agree there is a proven strategy – election day registration.
Both reports – one done by electionline.org and the other by the national group Demos – document 10% to 12% higher turnout in states that have EDR (Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming) compared to states that don't allow eligible voters to register on the day of the election.
On the other hand, academic research done by scholars at Rutgers and Ohio State universities shows that making voters jump through additional hoops such as requiring them to show photo ID in order to cast a ballot is a sure way to suppress turnout, as reported by the New York Times.
States that imposed such identification requirements on voters reduced turnout at the polls in the 2004 presidential election by about 3%, and by two to three times as much for racial or ethnic minorities, the study concluded.