THE PRIVATIZATION AND OUTSOURCING OF U.S. ELECTIONS,
A PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER!
&DRE VOTING MACHINES ILLEGALLY USED IN ELECTIONS
SPECIAL GUEST: JOHN BONIFAZ
Nationally Recognized Constitutional & Voting Rights Attorney
"VOICE of the VOTERS!"
"Power and Responsibility of Democracy"
Wednesday, July 18, 8-9 PM Eastern
1360 AM Philadelphia's Renaissance Station
or thru www.voiceofthevoters.org (archives/podcast; recent shows)
As 2008 elections loom, more concern is being expressed as to the security and reliability of our elections. John Bonifaz will join host Mary Ann Gould to discuss critical challenges
- How might 2008 results be far worse than the 2000 debacle…could we be facing a Constitutional Crisis?
- What are the effects of expanding privatization and outsourcing of our elections?
- Why are elections being turned over to private corporations to run….can we “trust” the results?
- Why are DRE voting machines (with and without printers) illegal for use in U.S. Elections?
- What is the impact of protecting Corporation “secret” programming of our voting machines in LAW rather than leaving just as contracts, which can be changed?
- What is the impact of H.R. 811 change from original openness “source code, object code, executable representation, and ballot programming files [shall be made] available for inspection promptly upon request to any person.”? to Public Disclosure Is Prohibited? Why would this complete reversal of a key principle be made? Why did Corporations lobby so hard for this change and why did they “win” over the people’s rights?
- Why would the use of printers on the DREs in Sarasota’s “missing 18,000 votes” election still have led to a voting nightmare and contested election?
- Why should DREs be banned (both with and without printers)?
· What can citizens and government do to address these issues before Democracy is lost?
Voice of the Votersm with host Mary Ann Gould, is an hour devoted to voting rights, election reform. Ultimately it is an
exploration of Representative Democracy itself and the
responsibilities of citizens and their elected representatives. It
airs every Wednesday night at 8:00 PM ET on 1360 AM and on the Internet. (http://wnjc.duxpond.com/)
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John Bonifaz' Selected Bio:
John has been acting as legal consultant to Voter Action during a
transition that began in January when Voter action co-founder Lowell Finley assumed his new role as Assistant Secretary of State of California in charge of voting technology. John worked as Senior Legal Fellow at Demos, a New York base national policy organization, in its Democracy Program.
John's work to keep elections clean and free of corporate control has been nationally recognized for years. He was the founder of the National Voting Rights Institute and formerly 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 the Institute's affirmative litigation work. 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.
In his current position, John not only directs Voter Action's ongoing legal efforts around the country but will also assist Voter Action in the development of key programs such as their Watch the Vote Program and their state based citizen outreach and research activities. In addition, as new concerns such as meaningful election audits, electronic poll books and privatized voter registration databases present themselves as new barriers to voting, John will be help develop new strategies and oversight solutions for the future.
Coalition for Voting Integrity