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The current flap over electronic voting is only the latest manifestation of a tradition as old as democracy in America. We hear how new technology affords new opportunities for rigging the outcome, and learn whether partisanship is as great a risk to an accurate vote count as incompetence and mismanagement.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Frances Anderton

Main Topic The Integrity of the Ballot Box

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?  (An expanded version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)

Guests:
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

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