NBC: Although the 2020 US Census is still five years away, the U.S. Census Bureau must make final decisions about the design, methodology, and content of the next census soon. So civil rights organizations are already compiling recommendations to make sure that communities of color are counted correctly.

“We cannot afford to go backwards,” said Terry Ao Minnis, Director of Census and Voting Programs for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, who warned that for Asian Americans, combining race and ethnicity questions and removing detailed check boxes for ethnicity would decrease and discourage race reporting, especially for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

The Providence Journal on the importance of honest elections and ballot security:

Since elections determine how the people’s power will be used, we want to have as many informed, eligible voters as possible taking part. But, in encouraging participation, we do not want to create conditions for rampant fraud… it is important to carefully scrutinize elections to make sure that opportunities for fraud are minimized. Every fraudulent ballot, after all, can have the effect of disenfranchising a legitimate voter…

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, R-North Smithfield, has called for a closer look at the state’s lax rules for mail ballots… He believes the laws are a “major circumvention” of the voter ID law, designed to minimize fraud…

Given the importance of our elections, it seems a worthwhile task to fully explore the safety of mail ballots in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island won’t be the only state looking to extend its voter ID laws to protect mail ballots.

Link to Reid Wilson at Washington Post: Florida’s history should be a lesson to lawmakers on both sides seeking to change election laws to favor their candidates: Political tides change, and unintended consequences are almost certain to play havoc with even the best-laid plans.


He’ll take a cut in pay and have a much smaller staff as he prosecutes crimes in the county southwest of Des Moines with less than 16,000 residents, but he said the job will keep him close to home and allow him to continue public service.

“I learned a lot as secretary of state and I’m proud of my service here,” he said, sitting at his desk in the ornate office at the Iowa Capitol. “I think just the experience I’ve had will just help me be a better public servant, especially on the local level.”…

Schultz paid $250,000 over two years to investigate voter fraud cases that resulted in election-related charges against 27 people.

The New York Daily News makes voter fraud look, oh, so, nice.

“Her husband got his dying wish fulfilled while she got charged with felony voting fraud.

A North Carolina widow was slapped with handcuffs after authorities say she voted on behalf of her dead husband in the 2012 presidential election.”

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