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Sins of Omission

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Sins of Omission

Sins of Omission


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Join Paulie Abeles of Real Democrats for a weekly call-in show “Sins of Omission”--- aimed at giving listeners insight into the topics of the day beyond the nightly news.

Each week the show features interviews with newsmakers and an opportunity in the second half of the program for listeners to call in and ask questions. Electronic voting machines--both Optical Scan Systems that interpret paper ballots and Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Systems-- now record more than 80% of the votes cast in US elections. But the integrity and security of these machines have increasingly been called into question. Computer scientists at Stanford, Johns Hopkins, University of California at Berkeley and Princeton-- have independently "hacked" these systems---Even as independent testing and investigation has been stymied because the 3 major suppliers of these machines (Diebold, ES&S and Sequoia) consider access to their machines and its source code proprietary information and refuse to allow state and county election officials (who own the machines) to inspect them. Does it make a difference? Consider that in Florida in 2000, county election officials discovered 18,412 "negative" votes for Al Gore---when the system's memory card (theoretically) contains no software that would allow it to pre-record votes. Join Host Paulie Abeles and her guest, Kathleen Wynne co-founder of Black Box Voting and subject of the HBO Emmy-nominated film "Hacking Democracy" -- as they discuss problems with our voting system and why it matters.