You do not have any RTF defined for the english public voter group. Cut-and-paste doesn't have anything to do with it. Try not to draw conclusions like that Greg, it will get you into trouble.
There is nothing wrong with having no rich text, per-se. Consider it fixed for 1.17.16. In the mean time if you really don't want any text, you can approximate this same thing with a single blank space in the rich text editor.