#1303 Election Systems are Not to Be Trusted, They are to Be Verifiable

Air Date: 9–6-2019

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Today we take a look at the fact that our election system is designed to fail in ways that undermine the legitimacy of our elections and, by extension, our entire democracy.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Holes and Gaps: Where Our Voting Systems Fail Part 1 - The Takeaway - Air Date 7-3-19

Even as our national focus has turned towards cyber threats, vulnerabilities in our election systems abound -- from outdated voting machines and hack-able technology to lack of paper back-ups and no procedural standards across states or even counties.

Ch. 2: What’s In YOUR Voting System? The Capital One Hack and America’s Tenuous Democracy - BradCast - Air Date 7-29-19

Capital One exposed the personal financial records of more than 100 million people — underscoring yet again the insanity of relying on proprietary, hackable computer systems "overseen" by ordinary county clerks to safeguard free and fair elections.

Ch. 3: VIDEO: Voting Machine Switches Votes - David Pakman Show - Air Date 8-28-19

Multiple Mississippi voting machines are caught flipping votes just as we've seen many times before

Ch. 4: Voting machine errors in Georgia seen as part of bigger problem - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 8-27-19

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, talks with Rachel Maddow about the need for states like Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi to upgrade their voting systems to avoid undermining faith in elections

Ch. 5: Holes and Gaps: Where Our Voting Systems Fail Part 2 - The Takeaway - Air Date 7-3-19

Even as our national focus has turned towards cyber threats, vulnerabilities in our election systems abound -- from outdated voting machines and hack-able technology to lack of paper back-ups and no procedural standards across states or even counties.

Ch. 6: Fight at the State and Local Level for #HandmarkedPaperBallots in Elections #ProtectOurVote - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 7: L.A. County Clerk Refuses to Answer Questions of New Unverifiable Voting Systems - BradCast - Air Date 8-25-19

A growing chorus of cybersecurity and voting systems experts are warning against new, unverifiable touchscreen voting systems known as Ballot Marking Devices


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Go green - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 9: Distrusting the press - Dave from Olympia, WA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on the legitimate concerns about voting from the disability community


TAKE ACTION!

Understand your state and local elections & take action:

1. Learn About Your State Election Policies&Voting System Paper Trail Requirements

2. Learn How Your State’s Election Administration Officials Are Put in Office & Fight to Unseat Those Not Actively Advocating for Hand-marked Paper Ballots

3. Attend Your Local Town/City/County Public Meetings and Advocate for Hand-marked, Voter-verifiable Paper Ballots.

4. Learn From/Get Involved With:

The Brennan Center for Justice 

Verified Voting 

ProtectOurVote.com 

Coalition for Good Governance 

Let America Vote 

Stand Up America 

FairVote 

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

Vote Flipping Claims Underline Urgent Need to Fix Voting Machines (The Brennan Center)

The scramble to secure America’s voting machines (Politico)

How Officials and Citizens Can Protect the Integrity of Their Elections (City Lab)

Groups push lawmakers for hearings on voting machine security (The Hill)

Voters say touchscreen machines switched their votes in nine Mississippi counties (Salon)

Georgia’s New Voting Machines Must Be Ready for 2020 Primary, Judge Says (The Wall Street Journal)

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Calls for Paper Ballots (Wired)

Voting Machine Security: Where We Stand Six Months Before the New Hampshire Primary (The Brennan Center)

Researched and written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Felt Lining - The Cabinetmaker
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • White Limit - CloudBreaker
  • This fickle world - Theo Bard
  • 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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