Hans von Spakovsky, Washington Examiner

Hans von Spakovsky

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Past articles by Hans:

Conservatives need not apply under Biden administration’s proposed hiring rules

In a move that has gotten little notice in the press, the Biden administration is proposing federal hiring rules that easily could be abused to deny employment to anyone who questions liberal, woke policies, criticizes the government, or belongs to a politically incorrect organization. → Read More

Another Study Refutes Left’s False Claims Against Secure Elections

Trust the science, we’ve been told. Well, the science has spoken again: Voter ID laws aren’t discriminatory and don’t suppress anyone’s vote. → Read More

The Case for Impeachment of Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas Secretary of Homeland Security

Introductory Statement By his policy decisions and misconduct as Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas has violated his oath of office, abused the powers of his office, and betrayed the trust of the American people. As a direct result of his actions, the U.S. has become gripped by an unprecedented border, national security, and illegal immigration catastrophe. → Read More

White House “Cleansing” of El Paso Akin to 1936 Berlin Olympics

Some have compared the cleansing in El Paso, Texas, before President Biden’s border visit to the fake villages that Grigory Potemkin is said to have set up along a route traveled by Catherine the Great. Those fake villages were intended to fool Catherine by hiding the truly horrible conditions. The more apt comparison is to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, which, like what happened in El Paso with… → Read More

Georgia Voters Show Just How Wrong Joe Biden and His Sycophants Are

Here is the question: When will President Joe Biden, failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred, and other denizens of the Left apologize to Georgia’s legislators, governor, and other residents? The answer is probably “Never,” despite the latest evidence of just how wrong they’ve been about Georgia’s commonsense election reforms in their… → Read More

Ranked-Choice Voting Should Be Ranked Dead Last as an Election Reform

Summary Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is a confusing, chaotic “reform” being pushed by mega-liberal political donors and other activists. It fundamentally changes the election process, effectively disenfranchises voters, and allows marginal candidates not supported by a majority of voters to be elected. It is a confusing and opaque process that robs voters of the ability to re-educate and… → Read More

Apportionment and the Census: Fundamental Fairness to U.S. Citizens and Democratic Process

Americans just voted for their representatives in the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm election, and two years ago, they completed census forms. Both of those activities are the direct result of Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution—the census clause—which directs that an “actual Enumeration” be conducted every “ten Years” of our population “in such Manner as shall… → Read More

Election Fraud Database Tops 1,400 Cases

The Heritage Foundation’s Election Fraud Database now includes 1,412 proven instances of election fraud, and our legal center is monitoring many other ongoing prosecutions. The database, which provides a sampling of recent election fraud cases, demonstrates the vulnerabilities within the electoral process and the need for reforms to secure free and fair elections for the American people. → Read More

Election Fraud Database Tops 1,400 Cases

The Election Fraud Database shows systemic vulnerabilities to election fraud and the need for reforms to secure free and fair elections. → Read More

Make No Mistake About It, America’s Border Crisis Is Biden-Made

The Biden administration’s open border policies and its refusal to fully enforce federal immigration laws have imposed huge costs on local communities across the country. Border states are groaning under the enormous cost of sheltering, feeding, educating, policing and providing medical care for tens of thousands of illegal aliens. → Read More

Rank “Ranked Choice Voting” Dead Last for Georgia

Alaska and Maine have implemented “ranked choice voting,” a confusing, chaotic method of voting. Georgia should not follow suit. “Ranked choice” really should be referred to as “rigged choice,” since it effectively disenfranchises voters and allows marginal candidates not supported by a majority of voters to win elections. → Read More

Election Integrity 2022 in Review: More Improvements Than Damage

As state legislatures begin their 2023 sessions, Americans should know what their states did in 2022 to improve or damage the integrity of the election process. → Read More

Republicans Can Thank the Federal Gov’s Bungled Census for Their Razor-Thin House Majority

Republicans will soon take control of the House of Representatives, but with a margin so narrow it may prove difficult to achieve their legislative and oversight objectives. That margin might have been larger, were it not for egregious errors made by the U.S. Census Bureau in the 2020 census. → Read More

Partisan Opportunism on the City Council

Despite their claims to the contrary, the nine liberal members of the Boston City Council displayed crass, partisan opportunism by recently voting to let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in local elections. Let’s be clear. Anyone who remembers their high school years or has raised children through those same years knows that few teenagers have the experience, judgment or emotional maturity to make… → Read More

Key Provision of Constitution in Play as Supreme Court Hears Election Case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Moore v. Harper, a case that turns on the meaning of a key provision in the Constitution outlining the Framers’ structure for congressional elections. → Read More

We Shouldn’t Be Promoting Voting By Mail

Ask yourself: If you won $500 million in the Powerball lottery, would you put your winning ticket into an envelope and trust the U.S. Postal Service to deliver it to the state agency that administers the lottery? Or would you want to deliver your ticket personally to lottery officials to ensure that they received it and acknowledge that you are the owner of that ticket? → Read More

Supreme Court Justices Question Biden Administration’s Reckless Border Policy

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Texas and Louisiana over Biden administration guidelines that severely restricted the Department of Homeland Security’s enforcement of federal immigration law against illegal aliens. → Read More

As the Dust Settles From Election Day, a Mixed Victory for Election Integrity Appears

The final results in the Nov. 8 elections heralded several important changes to state election-integrity laws across the country. While some of the initiatives, approved via ballot referendums, will improve the integrity of state elections, others are more invidious, making elections in those states more insecure. → Read More

The Latest Election Myth Pushed by the Left

For years, liberal activists—with the assistance of their corporate media allies—have been pushing the myth that there is a wave of “voter suppression” going on across the country. As the record registration and turnout numbers in recent elections prove, as well as their numerous losses in litigation show, this is a false claim created by opponents of commonsense election reforms like voter ID. → Read More

Poll Observers Are Essential to Honest Elections

There is a reason the U.S. State Department and organizations like the Carter Center routinely send teams of American observers to fledgling democracies all over the world: they recognize that transparency is essential to ensuring honest elections. That requires observers to be able to watch every aspect of the voting and ballot-counting process without being intimidated or interfered with. → Read More