Electronic voting is the latest device to make sure that elections are free and fair, but new technology means new opportunities for rigging the outcome. Is partisanship a worse threat than incompetence and mismanagement? Are ID cards needed to prevent voter fraud? Plus, an update on the Esperanza Fire in California’s Riverside County, and the New Jersey Supreme Court gives gay rights new prominence on the campaign trail.
FROM THIS EPISODE
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that same-sex couples have the same legal rights and financial benefits as heterosexual couples, but said legalizing gay and lesbian marriage is for the legislature to decide. Nevertheless, the ruling has energized opponents of gay marriage in this year's campaigns. In Iowa yesterday, President Bush reiterated that marriage is "a union between a man and a woman," and denounced what he called "another activist court" for threatening a "sacred institution."
Four firefighters are dead and another is fighting for his life combating the so-called "Esperanza Fire" in Southern California's Riverside County. Officials say that makes arson a case of murder. Meantime, high winds are pushing the fire into mountain communities west of Palm Springs.
Scott Gold, Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
After Florida's contested presidential election in 2000, Congress mandated a transition to electronic voting. In 2004, new technology caused confusion and controversy, as hundreds of different counties struggled with new machines and programs. Next month, some experts are saying, the electoral process will be more chaotic than ever. New technology means new opportunities for rigging the outcome, a tradition as old as democracy in America. Both Democrats and Republicans are braced for battle. But is partisanship as great a risk to an accurate vote count as incompetence and mismanagement?
Andrew Gumbel, journalist and author
Tom Wilkey, Executive Director of the US Election Assistance Commission
Tova Wang, Fellow at the Century Foundation
John Fund, Columnist for the Wall Street Journal
More From To the Point
Trump’s war on the FBI Donald Trump claims rogue FBI agents are part of a Deep State he accuses of “spying” on his presidential campaign. A former agent tells Warren the “the FBI doesn’t spy… it catches spies.” Shades of Watergate? Richard Nixon’s former White House lawyer, John Dean, says, “no way.”
Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Calif. Governor’s race: Travis Allen interview Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen represents Huntington Beach. Allen missed out on President Trump’s endorsement, but he says he still supports him and his agenda. Allen talks to us about immigration, his support for a border wall, and… Read More
The most competitive races and measures on the Santa Barbara and Ventura primary ballot It’s primary season! Voter materials have already arrived for those with vote-by-mail ballots, and election day is quickly approaching on Tuesday, June 5. Santa Barbara June primaries Here’s a look at… Read More