Barr: Fake Polls Driving Regulatory Changes

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Liberty News Now

Would you trust this guy to write your country’s regulations?

The “internet poll” has become a familiar device with which to solicit reader feedback and drive engagement on topics from sports and entertainment to law and politics. But, with obvious flaws in polling methodology (e.g., random sampling, representative samples), not to mention vulnerability to fraud, the results of such polls carry little if any scientific value. They are a marketing tool only; except, it seems, when it comes to formulating federal regulations.

Providing a public comment period before federal regulations can be finalized is a legal and long-standing component of federal rulemaking. Typically the window for public comments is 30 to 60 days; during which time anyone – from Joe Six-Pack to high-paid industry consultants – can submit commentary used in considering the adoption of a proposed rule.

Federal regulatory agencies increasingly prefer that public comments be submitted digitally, “so that [people’s] input

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