#1224 Fixing the underlying mechanism of our democracy (Election Integrity)

Air Date: 11–2-2018
Today we take a look at some of the various ways our election system is vulnerable to tampering and hacking from within and without and how it poses a threat to our democracy by casting doubt on the system whether any tampering actually happens or not

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Ch. 1: Results of the Voting Village hack-a-thon at DEF CON 26 - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-13-18

Brad Friedman details some of the news coming out of the annual hack-a-thom demonstration meant to expose vulnerabilities in our voting system.

Ch. 2: Lori Chamberlain Reveals Huge Holes In The Election System - Moment of Clarity - Air Date 5-12-18

Election Integrity Activist Lori Chamberlain discusses the flaws in our Election System!

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- THE FINAL PUSH - DCCC’s “Red Alert” House Races! - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 4: America's Voting Machines are Vulnerable, I Know Because I've Hacked Them - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 08-08-17

Explaining the history of voter disenfranchisement, leading up to the testimony of J. Alex Halderman, professor of Computer Science at the University of Michigan, that show how vulnerable our elections are now to anyone who wants to sway the vote.

Ch. 5: Election integrity advocate Marilyn Marks of Coalition for Good Governance - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-31-18

Brad Friedman talks with Marilyn Marks about some of the common-sense solutions to securing our election system.

Ch. 6: Our elections are being hacked - The Weeds - Air Date 10-25-18

Ezra and Jane dig into the dismal state of election security, as well as the many, many ways that people’s votes are obstructed, distorted, and prevented. Isn’t democracy grand?



Ch. 7: Another reason to make voting mandatory - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 8: Looking forward to multi-generational politics - V from Central New York


Ch. 9: Final comments on finding our way to our ultimate goals and feeling better about the frustrations of factional politics



All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.


FL-15: Kristen Carlson 

IL-06: Sean Casten

IL-12: Brendan Kelly 

NJ-03: Andy Kim 

TX-07: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

TX-32: Colin Allred 


1. Donate

House: DCCC Red to Blue Program

Senate: DSCC.org

Toss ups/Battlegrounds: The Midterms Minute H.Q.

2. Virtual Phone Banking

Indivisible Phone Banking (Sen/House/Gov)

Swing Left Phone Banking (House)

Resources for newbies / Hosting a Phone Bank Night

3. Volunteer to GOTV

National Indivisible Chapters Events List

DNC State Parties

Candidates websites: Visit The Midterms Minute H.Q.

4. Talk to Friends & Family (and text people)

Talk, invite them to volunteer with you, etc.

Use OutVote to text friends and encourage them to vote

Passage: "You Can't Change Hate, But You Can Outvote It" (By John Pavlovitz)

Written & Researched by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Stale Case - Darby
  • Opener - American Moon Bicycle
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • Shift of Currents - Aeronaut
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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