New study reveals Wisconsin is the 4th hardest state to vote in

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — In 2020, out of 50 states, Wisconsin was the 38th easiest state to cast your ballot. In the 2022 edition of Cost of Voting in America, Wisconsin fell to 47th. It is now the 4th hardest state to vote in.

When it comes time to vote in November, some Wisconsinites may find it hard to cast their ballot.

“I think for students, who I’m encouraging to vote, they encounter some challenges,” said voter and professor at Viterbo University, Keith Knutson.

Political expert Joe Heim says statewide, there have been regulations and restrictions on registration, voter IDs, absentee ballots and drop boxes.

“Wisconsin has had its share of restrictions,” Heim said.

For voter Carla Zelle, changes to state voting laws hasn’t impacted her.

“To me, it’s about the same. I typically vote in person and I go to the poll,” Zelle said.

But Knutson says not everyone can say the same.

“What about our homeless population? They don’t have an address. Are they going to be able to vote and do we think they should not be able to vote simply because they’re homeless? So I think we’ve got a lot of issues here in the United States,” he said.

Although claims of widespread voter fraud have been disproven, Heim says the rise in voting laws is a result of the 2020 election.

“In an attempt to solidify elections, make them more secure, and make them more trustworthy, one party has passed a series of laws to avoid voter fraud,” Heim said.

Heim says while voting laws may continue to be passed, a majority of Wisconsinites aren’t being affected.

“Wisconsin was in the top five in terms of national voting in the 50 states and we’re still in the top five,” Heim said.

Instead, voters are continuing to cast their ballots in record breaking numbers.

In the state of Wisconsin, the August primary saw the highest voter turnout in 40 years — a trend that Heim says is expected to continue for this upcoming election.

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