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Saturday, September 17, 2005
Counting Voters Brought a Pleasant Surprise

I'm slicing and dicing a database of registered voters in American Fork for Heidi Rodeback's city council campaign. (Vote early, vote often! No, wait, this isn't Chicago . . . Just vote. Twice: once in the primary on October 4, and once in the general election on November 8.)

I believe that the two biggest, long-term domestic political issues in the United States are immigration and the purity of the voting process. Good sense on both counts is currently severely compromised; this is news to no one. And the two are closely related.

So in my slicing and dicing, I decided to isolate the registered voters who live in my LDS ward, because they're the ones I know best, and count how many are registered but are no longer around, having either moved (it's a very transient area) or passed away. The answer is almost exactly one out of seven, a shade under 15 percent. There are probably a few more I don't know.

Maybe one in seven sounds awful to you, but to me, in my neighborhood, it is actually surprisingly good. There are a few who left us (one way or another) quite a while ago, but most of the one-seventh have left relatively recently, so it's perfectly understandable that the voter rolls haven't caught up yet.

I'm surprised. I'm even a little impressed. The County Clerk's office is doing a pretty good job on this one.

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