PA Needs SOS but not this SOS: Bonifaz & Friedman on Voice of the Voters 9/10/08
The" mis-directives" of PA -- will they cost the nation the election?
Special guests: John Bonifaz, Voter Action, VoterAction.org and Brad
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Pennsylvania's Secretary of State has just issued a non-binding
directive requiring that emergency paper ballots be issued only if ALL
machines in a precinct malfunction. But the state already has a law
which allows ( but does not require) paper ballots if just one machine
per precinct malfunctions. In addition, PA has a directive allowing
electronic votes to be destroyed if the "record" button is not pushed.
John Bonifaz and Brad Friedman discuss:
* Will this new directive cause confusion so that election
officials think they cannot issue paper ballots unless all machines
* How are election integrity groups responding to the new
directive? Are they looking for real solutions, or, as Brad Friedman
says, promoting "political expediency masquerading as truth."?
* What do poll workers and the public need to know about their
right to a paper ballot in Pennsylvania? And their right to make sure
votes are not destroyed
Brad Friedman will also discuss highlights of his interview with
Ohio SOS Jennifer Brunner and the latest shenanigans in Colorado.
Brad Friedman is an investigative citizen journalist/blogger,
political commentator, broadcaster and Creator and Managing Editor of
The BRAD BLOG (http://www.Bradblog.com). He is a frequent contributor
to the Huffington Post and has written articles and editorials for The
Guardian (UK), Mother Jones, Editor & Publisher, ComputerWorld,
Columbus Free Press, Salon.com, TruthOut.org, Harvard's Nieman
Foundation of Journalism, Hustler and other non-pornographic
publications and websites. Links to some of those articles and
editorials elsewhere can be found here.
John Bonifaz is the Legal Director of Voter Action. Prior to joining
Voter Action, John worked for more than a dozen years with the
National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI), an organization he founded in
1994. NVRI served as a prominent legal and public education center
dedicated to protecting the right to of all citizens to vote and to
participate in the electoral process on an equal and meaningful basis.
From 1994-2004, John served as NVRI's executive director and from
2004-2006, John served as NVRI's general counsel. In January 2007,
NVRI became formally affiliated with Demos, a New York-based public
policy research and advocacy group, and John served as a Senior Legal
Fellow at Demos in its Democracy Program until May 2007 when he joined
Voter Action. From 1992-1993, John served as the staff attorney for
the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics, a leading
research authority on the influence of private money in federal
elections. He is the co-author, with Jamin Raskin, of articles in the
Yale Law & Policy Review and the Columbia Law Review, which set forth
the constitutional basis for NVRI's affirmative litigation work. John
received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992 and his B.A. from
Brown University in 1987. In 1999, in recognition of his
ground-breaking work with the National Voting Rights Institute, the
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded John with a
prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
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