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”

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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

January 20, 2020

Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet”

–Abraham Lincoln–
  1. House passes voting rights package aimed at restoring protections. Is this true?
  2. Oregon governor calls automatic voter registration a ‘phenomenal success. Is this true?
  3. Does New Hampshire have a history of making it difficult for college students to vote? Is that half- true?

Photo courtesy Dave Redden

Fact-checking tools: Snopes — VoteSmart — List of 10 additional options for fact-checkers

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January 14th, 2020

Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

 “I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. “

Adlai Stevenson
  1. There are news reports House Democrats will vote on restoration of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Is that true?
  2. Should you confirm what identification is required for your state before you vote?
  3. Can your state or county change your polling place?

Photo “Blackfoot River, Montana courtesy Ruby Jaxen

Fact-checking tools: Snopes — VoteSmart — List of 10 additional options for fact-checkers

We offer the above fact-checking tools to aid your investigation of these topics.

We also recommend you utilize any further resources you typically use.

January 4th, 2020


Editor’s Choice: Current Voter Issues and Questions

It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.

— TOM STOPPARD
  1. Should America use paper ballots as a backup to machines?
  2. How many registered voters are there in America, and how many voters vote in national elections?
  3. If registered voters do not vote, should they be deleted from the voter rolls immediately, after a few years or never?

Photo courtesy Dave Redden

Fact-checking tools: Snopes — VoteSmart — List of 10 additional options for fact-checkers