Voter Registration/Fraud
Getting voters registered and to the polls on election day are critical to success during any election. In recent years complaints have been raised against both major political parties regarding inappropriate and even fraudulent registration and poll activities. The hottest registration issue revolves around voter ID. The left says there is no such thing as voter fraud … and if you disagree, you’re a racist. It is discriminatory and depresses minority turnout. They attack those who dare to support voter ID laws as “anti-voting rights activists and voter fraud hucksters”. The right says voter fraud is real. Indeed, Its practically a tradition in this country to do things the Daley way in Chicago, or the Philadelphia way, or voting control as with Tammany Hall in New York City. The right says we need to verify that each voter is legal and besides it is nonsense not to have to show an ID in this country to vote ... we do it for much less critical activities (such as, cash a check, drive a car, board an airplane, buy medicine, visit a doctor, get government assistance, etc). So, what is the real issue? Voter registration got a lot of attention during the 2008, 2012, 2014 & 2016 election season. We expect it will get a lot of attention before and during the 2018 mid term election season.

Citizenship and the Census

4/2/18
from The Wall Street Journal,
4/2/18:

Justice wants the data for more race-based gerrymandering.

The Trump Administration has decided to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, and Democrats are calling it an attempt to rig the count. That’s unlikely, and it ignores the real problem, which is that the White House is continuing the Obama Administration’s practice of politically weaponizing the Voting Rights Act. The Constitution mandates a survey of all U.S. residents every decade, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has wide discretion over the questions to ask. Researchers and lawmakers desire a wealth of data, but longer surveys reduce response rates. So the Census Bureau over the decades has truncated the survey to data necessary to administer federal laws and project population growth—such as gender, race, age, household size and home ownership.

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