November 29, 2006 at 14:31:48
BEV HARRIS guest ,Voice of the Voters Radio Show TONIGHT
by ruth matheny and mary ann gould
Democracy UnHacked Tonight
Voice of the Voters!
Topic - What have we learned? Who owns our Democracy? And what's next?
WHEN: Tonight and every Wednesday night at 8pm on 1360AM and the Internet (high speed users only)
Be sure to join the Voice of the Voters this Wednesday at 8pm on 1360AM and on the Internet for a provocative discussion about voting rights and Democracy that will challenge the conventional wisdom of election reform.
Special guest and electronic voting expert, Bev Harris, will be on hand to discuss important questions facing our Democracy. As Ms. Harris has said, we own our government; it's not the other way around. It's up to the citizens who own it to manage it. But what does that mean and how can that message best be delivered? What is the greatest problem with our elections system? Is it the machines alone or something more? Ms. Harris will also address lessons learned from the 2006 midterms and what we've learned since she was featured in the HBO documentary, Hacking Democracy.
A new Voice of the Voters feature called "Citzens Making a Difference" will debut tonight. Every week a citizen will be honored for bringing positive change to the community. Florida resident, Kindra Muntz, who fought and won the battle for paper ballots in Sarasota County. Tune in to hear her story.
As always, Voice of the Voters is proud to have John Gideon, Executive Director of give listeners a headstart on all the week's voting news before it hits the major media.
Voice of the Voters is an hour devoted to voting rights, election reform and voter-verified paper ballots. Ultimately it is an exploration of Democracy itself and the responsibilities of citizens and their elected representatives. It airs every Wednesday night at 8:00 PM on 1360 AM and on the Internet. Listeners can call in questions live at 856-227-1360 and submit questions in advance at the SaveOurVote website.
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Listen to Previous Voice of the Voters in Our Archives
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Week One: Guest, noted election attorney, Lowell Finley. Archived audio.
Week Two: Dr. Daniel Lopresti, Associate professor of Computer Science. (audio not yet available)
Week Three: Dr. Avi Rubin, Professor of Computer Science, author and electronic voting expert. Archived audio.
Week Four: Joan Krawitz, Executive Director of Vote Trust USA. Archived Audio
Week Five: Exit poll expert, Dr. Steve Freeman; Executive Director of PA Common Cause, Barry Kaufman; Marian K. Schneider, Esq, lead attorney on a landmark Pennsylvania voting case currently pending. (audio not yet available.)
Week Six: Dr. Chuck Pennacchio, historian and University professor, explores the similarities and differences between American crisis years of 1776 and 2006. (Archived audio.)
Meet Bev Harris
Bev Harris has been referred to as "the godmother" of the election reform movement (Boston Globe). Vanity Fair magazine credits her with founding the movement to reform electronic voting. Time Magazine calls her book, Black Box Voting, "the bible" of electronic voting.
She began writing on the subject of electronic voting in 2002 after she discovered that U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel had ownership in and had been CEO of the company that built the machines which counted his own votes. (The company: Election Systems & Software.)
Harris has spent over 6,000 hours researching the election industry. Her research has revealed an electoral system laced with conflict of interest.
Her articles were the first to reveal that modern-day voting systems are run by private for-profit corporations, relying on a few cronies for oversight, using a certification system so fundamentally flawed that it allows machines to miscount and lose votes, with hidden back doors that enable "end runs" around the voting system.
"Bev Harris stumbled onto a national story ignored by every big-city newspaper in the land, and worked it deeper and deeper with scoops that would have made her career at the New York Times or Washington Post." -- Vanity Fair
Harris's investigations have led some to call her the "Erin Brockovich of elections" (Salon.com). In 2003, just weeks after a stunning electoral upset in Georgia that tipped control of the U.S. Senate, she discovered 40,000 secret voting machine files -- including a set of files called "rob-georgia," containing instructions to replace Georgia's computerized voting files before the election. The files she found contained databases with votes in them and the voting machine programs themselves. She downloaded the files on Jan. 23, 2003, and set them free on the Internet a few months later, where they were studied by scientists and security experts.
Brad Friedman of the Bradblog, one of the foremost source on the Internet for electronic voting news.
A guest from Capitol Hill.
Dates to be announced.