March 31, 2020

Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

“A man without a vote is a man without protection.””

–President Lyndon Johnson
  1. Is Health Care the #1 issue for 2020?
  2. Are mail-in ballots for all registered voters a good idea?
  3. Will a majority of voters take the Pandemic into account when they go to the polls in November 2020, and if so, will voters demand a Pandemic Agency be formed?

*BONUS: WILL THE PANDEMIC EXPERIENCE OF 2020 CHANGE VOTING RIGHTS LAW?

Port Orford, Oregon in Early Spring — Photo courtesy Paula Smith

AllSides. While not a fact-checking site, AllSides curates stories from right, center and left-leaning media so that readers can easily compare how bias influences reporting on each topic. 

Fact Check. This nonpartisan, nonprofit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by U.S. political players, including politicians, TV ads, debates, interviews and news releases.

Media Matters. This nonprofit and self-described liberal-leaning research center monitors and corrects conservative misinformation in the media.

NewsBusters. A project of the conservative Media Research Center, NewsBusters is focused on “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.”

Open Secrets. This nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit website run by the Center for Responsive Politics tracks how much and where candidates get their money.

Politifact. This Pulitzer Prize winning website rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials. Run by editors and reporters from the independent newspaper Tampa Bay Times, Politicfact features the Truth-O-Meter that rates statements as “True,” “Mostly True,” “Half True,” “False,” and “Pants on Fire.”

ProPublica. This independent, nonprofit newsroom has won several Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2016 Prize for Explanatory Reporting. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

Snopes. This independent, nonpartisan website run by professional researcher and writer David Mikkelson researches urban legends and other rumors. It is often the first to set the facts straight on wild fake news claims.

The Sunlight Foundation. This nonpartisan, nonprofit organization uses public policy data-based journalism to make politics more transparent and accountable.

Washington Post Fact Checker. Although the Washington Post has a left-center bias, its checks are excellent and sourced. The bias shows up because they fact check conservative claims more than liberal ones

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March 24, 2020

Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”

–John Kennedy

  1. What state has closed the most polling places leading up to the Presidential primary of March 3, 2020?
  2. Why are states closing polling places? *Are there fewer voters today than yesterday?
  3. What is the demographic (race) breakdown of communities where polling places have been closed?
  4. BONUS: WILL THE CORONA-VIRUS PANDEMIC INFLUENCE VOTING IN THE NATIONAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?

Photo courtesy B.L. Smith

March 14, 2020

Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

“As I have done in every election since I started voting so many years ago, I always like to take my time and examine the two candidates, see not only the two candidates but the policies they will bring, the people they will bring in, who they might appoint to the Supreme Court, and look at the whole range of issues before making a decision.”

–Colin Powell

  1. How many states have engaged in passing laws to make it more difficult to vote since 2014?
  2. If a polling place opens late or has other problems such as voting machine problems, should there be an alternative way to vote like a paper ballot?
  3. What is the percentage of voters who favor getting rid of the Electoral College and use a nationwide vote total to determine the President?

BONUS QUESTION: How does the Electoral College actually work?

Lumber City, Georgia — Early 20th Century cabin — Photo courtesy B. L. Smith

March 2, 2020

Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

“Too many people fought too hard to make sure all citizens of all colors, races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities can vote to think that not voting somehow sends a message.”

 Luis Gutierrez

  1. Can ex-felons vote if they have completed their sentence?
  2. Is voter suppression legal?
  3. How does gerrymandering happen? For that matter, what is gerrymandering all about?
  4. Bonus: Is gerrymandering legal under the law. In other words, did the Constitution anticipate or allow for gerrymandering to happen in state and federal elections”

Photo courtesy Dave Redden


February 17, 2020

Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

–John Quincy Adams–
  1. What are three reasons Electoral College should be dropped?
  2. What are three reasons Electoral College should be kept?
  3. Should Voter Registration be automatic at age 18 in all states?
  4. Should all States have a paper ballot either 1st or backup?
  5. BONUS QUESTION: What year was the Voting Act passed?

Photo courtesy Ruby Jaxen

February 3, 2020

Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

Home is the place where, when you have to go there,

they have to take you in.

Robert Frost

  1. In 2017, why did the Iowa legislature eliminate voting with one mark in one box for all candidates in the same party?
  2. What percentage of the U.S. voting age citizens vote?
  3. What day is Super Tuesday?

Photo courtesy Dave Redden

January 27, 2020

Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

“Nobody will ever diprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

–Franklin D. Roosevelt
  1. Georgia voting irregularities about digital voting machines raise more troubling questions about the state’s elections in 2016. What specifcally happened?
  2. Does Texas have “straight party” choice for voters of all political parties?
  3. Here is a voting claim: The U.S. Constitution states that if a president is impeached by the House but not convicted by the Senate, that person’s first term is nullified and they are eligible to run for office two more times. Is this true?

Photo courtesy Cara Smith