While the excitement builds today in Iowa in 2008's first major test for the presidential election, one group of folks will have to sit out the voting. I'm talking about the 1.4 million naturalization applicants waiting on USCIS to complete processing on their cases. While I am sure there are a couple of candidates in the race who would be chipper if all of these people were sworn in as citizens the day after the election next November, there is no legitimate reason why people should have to wait an average of 18 months after paying $600+ to get a USCIS examiner to look at the application. Let's just hope that the situation is improved by the time the November elections roll around.