Superstorm Sandy, Voting Machines and Stealing the Election
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It's been less than a day since Superstorm Sandy made landfall. We look at the current damage and what the future might bring. Also, challenges to the integrity of electronic voting. Some computer experts say they're more than conspiracy theories.
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Taking Stock of Superstorm Sandy ()
Millions of Americans are feeling the brunt of one of the worst storms ever to strike the East Coast. Sandy is making its way across Pennsylvania toward Canada, after leaving a trail of destruction and death along the East Coast. We survey the damage, especially in lower Manhattan, where high winds and flooding have taken a serious toll. How long will power out for millions of people? Has Sandy demonstrated the vulnerability of the Grid? What about transportation — from flooded subways to international air travel?
- Henry Goldman: Bloomberg News
- Amy Davidson: New Yorker magazine, @tnyCloseRead
- Bryan Walsh: Time magazine, @bryanrwalsh
- Ben Mutzabaugh: USA Today, @TodayInTheSky
Could Voting Machines Steal the Election? ()
In the year 2000, "hanging chads" on Florida's paper ballots put the presidential election in doubt. Two years later, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, or HAVA, which provided federal subsidies for states to buy electronic voting machines that don't use paper at all. Dispute is raging over what it could mean for the integrity of next week's election. Both campaigns and many political pundits say Ohio could decide the election. How secure are its voting machines?
- Victoria Collier: writer and election integrity activist, @Votescam
- Steven Rosenfeld: AlterNet, @srose14
- Dan Tokaji: Ohio State University
- Ion Sancho: Leon County Elections Division
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