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Voter databases

Posted June 01, 2012, at 6:13 p.m.

When a report showed that thousands of registered voters in Florida were, in fact, dead, it played directly into the suspicions that some have about the prevalence of voter fraud.

You see, some people — on both sides of the political debate — believe the only way their opponents can win is through cheating.

The interesting supplemental fact, however, to the dead voter report is the fact that no cases of voter fraud have been documented directly from the revelation.

When Florida lawmakers authorized the expansion of database searches for voter registration purposes, they put into place a mechanism that would produce exactly this result: finding voters who had died in other states but whose passing was not previously noted by local elections officials. In Florida, that’s an all-too-common occurrence, because many older voters live in other states during the summer months but have Florida addresses come November, when Election Day arrives.

What the showing from Florida reveals is that increased linking of databases will help to clean up voter registration rolls much more efficiently for cases where people have multiple addresses or part-time residences. States such as Arizona and Texas also face many instances of split residencies.

The discovery that some people on a voter registration roll are no longer living or are newly naturalized citizens should not be taken as direct evidence of fraud; in fact, the discoveries should be celebrated for the fact that it means election officials are staying on top of their duties to ensure those who are eligible to vote may do so, and those who would be tempted to cheat have far fewer means to do so.

Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald (May 31)

The fall of our discontent?

After final exams, most can remember heading to that summer job.

Landscaping, umpiring at the local recreation league fields, working retail at the mall, and any number of temporary jobs kept us occupied with a bit of income for the summer and one more bullet point on our resumes.

So, how’s the job market for the student population? It depends.

If you’re a white teen 16 to 19 years old, the April unemployment rate for your age group was 22.8 per-cent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re a black teen of the same age bracket, the ranks of the unemployed swell to a rate of 38.2 percent.

That’s the economic impact of uncertainties out of Washington, D.C., directed by the political class who are pressing businesses on every side with regulation, looming mandatory health care, tax increases that are proposed at year’s end, and non-existent lines of credit that are the lifeblood of small businesses. The consequences of reckless policy and meddling are evident yet again.

The months of discontent are no longer just for a season, but now years. Will the summer of our discontent yield progress in November?

Chattanooga (Tenn.) Free Press (May 31)

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