A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
HAVA has been the single, solitary most destructive event in terms of Election Integrity that I can think of. It was a disaster of a bill and has made our system far worse than it was in 2000.
-- Brad Friedman, Election integrity citizen/journalist and blogger at bradblog.vom
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Since BuzzFlash started online in May of 2000, we have seen many tenacious, committed individuals who have been pursuing the goal of ensuring voting integrity in the United States, particularly after the multi-faceted attack on voter's rights the private ownership, ability to manipulate results, and just plain unreliability of electronic voting machines that became apparent in the theft of the presidency from Al Gore.
Unfortunately, the voting issue is rather complicated and made even more confusing by the intentional strategic obfuscation of the Republican Party.
In essence, there are two basic categories of the GOP attack on voting rights: the disenfranchisement of non-Republicans and the manipulation of the actual vote (this is where electronic voting machines come in). Within these two broad categories, there are many techniques that have been employed for achieving these goals.
One of the key chroniclers of efforts to undermine our voting system is Brad of http://www.bradblog.com . Brad has been unrelenting in documenting the details of the dark side of our voting system. Unfortunately, many Democratic leaders have not taken the issue seriously enough, perhaps because they don't understand the depth of the problem, perhaps because they can't believe that the Republicans are as nefarious as they are.
BuzzFlash thought that on election day, it would appropriate to once again focus on the ongoing need to reform our voting system, ensure every eligible voter gets a ballot, and end the privatization of our vote counting systems.
And so here is our interview with Brad Friedman.
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BuzzFlash: You are perhaps the top blog specialist doing first-hand reporting almost solely on what we call the GOP war to keep all eligible voters from voting, which is to say the Republican effort to keep Democratic votes from being cast or counted. Are we correct in saying that this is primarily a Republican strategy?buzzflash | delicious | digg | yahoo | technorati Technorati Tags: Interviews Election Integrity Fraud Acorn HAVA Votte