Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Implementing an Online Voter Registration System in Wisconsin

Many states are turning to online voter registration systems to reduce costs while increasing the accuracy of voter registration rolls. Advocates of online registration support implementation based on the premise that doing so eases burdens on municipal and county clerks and their staff, reducing the time and resources required to process registration forms. This analysis predicts the net present value of implementing the online voter registration system outlined proposed Wisconsin legislation, relative to current policy. The authors find that adopting online voter registration has positive net benefits of approximately $371,700 over 10 years, with an annualized net benefit of approximately $44,700. The authors recommend that the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board support the legislation’s passage into law.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Cost-Benefit Analysis Public Affairs 881 taught by David Weimer in Fall 2013
  • Author(s): Iseul Choi, Josef Dvorak, Steven Kulig, Katie Lorenze, and Amanda Wilmarth
  • Client Name: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board