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.

Supreme Court Declines to Set Limits on Political Gerrymandering

6/27/19
from The Wall Street Journal,
6/27/19:

Conservative justices say such cases present political questions that courts can’t decide.

Federal judges have no authority to correct partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court said Thursday in a 5-to-4 decision that allows politicians to keep drawing electoral districts that entrench their power unless state law—or future congressional legislation—keeps them from doing so. The decision by the court’s conservative majority overruled lower courts and rejected two constitutional challenges to partisan district mapmaking, one brought by Democrats in North Carolina and another by Republicans in Maryland. “Excessive partisanship in districting leads to results that reasonably seem unjust. But the fact that such gerrymandering is ‘incompatible with democratic principles,’ does not mean that the solution lies with the federal judiciary,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote for himself, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. “Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties, with no plausible grant of authority in the Constitution, and no legal standards to limit and direct their decisions.” The court’s liberal minority issued a woeful dissent. “Of all times to abandon the court’s duty to declare the law, this was not the one,” Justice Elena Kagan, her voice sometimes breaking, said in summarizing her dissent from the bench. Partisan gerrymanders “imperil our system of government. Part of the court’s role in that system is to defend its foundations,” she said, none “more important than free and fair elections.” Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor agreed.

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