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Report: Wisconsin had nation's 3rd-best voting system in 2012

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - We keep hearing that Wisconsin's voting system is politically tattered and broken -- but a national report says it's still pretty good.

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Badger State had the nation's third-best voting system in the 2012 elections, behind only North Dakota and Minnesota.

Wisconsin's new ranking is down one place from 2008, when Pew gave the state's election system an 80 percent voter rating. The new figure is 79 percent.  

The Badger State was among 40 which improved its operations over the four-year period.

The Pew study measured things like voter registration and turnout, waiting times at the polls, and how military ballots are handled. It stayed away from the hot button topics of voter ID and reductions in early voting -- both of which majority Republicans in Wisconsin have been pursuing.  

Wisconsin scored well in most areas -- including online access to information about upcoming elections and where people can vote.

Pew also cited Wisconsin's Election Day voter registration -- which at least some majority Republicans say they want to get rid of.

State Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy said he was pleased at the new rankings, and the report will help officials improve the system. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)