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Legal Immigrants Dreams Of Voting Hit Bureaucratic Snags

OK, I welcome all legal immigrants who have gone through the proper channels, done it the right way and want to become American citizens. I say congratulations.

My concern is why do they wait years and years to do it? Why is the only reason they want to become citizens is so they can vote? Isn’t there something to be said about wanting to become an American because you are proud of this country and want to be a part of it. Or is it all about politics and power? I’d like to ask them why they waited so long? GuardDog

Immigrant voters’ dreams snagged by red tape
CNN
November 17, 2007

Story Highlights
* Immigrants file for naturalization in hopes of voting but find frustration
* Manny Barajas says he wants to “make my vote count”
* Felipe Lopez started paper trail to citizenship almost two years ago
* Government says backlog of applications caused by lack of resources

imageManny Barajas was eagerly awaiting his first taste of American democracy. Instead, he is learning a frustrating lesson in government bureaucracy.

Barajas is one example of the excitement caused by Nevada’s decision to grab an early spot on the presidential nominating calendar — one of thousands of immigrants in the United States legally who have rushed to file for naturalization and voting rights.

Those hopes are evident in a trailer-turned-classroom on the city’s outskirts, where a nonprofit organization called the Citizenship Project teaches the nuts and bolts of American history. Christopher Columbus was the topic when CNN dropped by for a visit this week.

Across town at his union’s headquarters, a frustrated Barajas spoke for many who have already taken the classes.

“I was hoping that I could be ready to go in ‘08,” Barajas said.

Barajas came to the United States from Mexico nearly 40 years ago and has raised a family in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he works as a waiter. For years, he said, family and friends have urged him to apply for citizenship; the decision to hold a Democratic presidential caucus next January was the clincher.

“The American dream brings me to Las Vegas,” Barajas told us when we first met nine months ago. “And the last thing for me to do is become a citizen and make my vote count.”

But when we checked in this week, Barajas told a tale of frustration.

He filed his paperwork more than six months ago but hasn’t heard a word from the government. His union says it knows of at least 1,000 in similar limbo.

“Our people are willing to pay the money. Learn whatever they have to learn and they are getting discouraged because we have to wait because the process is so slow,” Barajas said this week.

Barajas is at the beginning of the process. Felipe Lopez at the end — but also in limbo.

“I am waiting almost two years — it is a long time,” said Lopez, who came to the United States from Mexico 14 years ago and drives a truck for a seafood distributor.

Lopez showed us the paper trail of his frustration. He first applied in January 2006. He passed the citizenship test 16 months ago. The last step is a background check — and three times Lopez says he has been called in for the required fingerprinting. The last time was four months ago. Still no word on if and when he will be approved to take the oath of citizenship.

“We need a letter,” Lopez said. “That is what I need. A letter.”

The Department of Homeland Security says the process should take seven months — start to finish. But it acknowledges a growing backlog; there are nearly 900,000 pending applications now — almost twice as many as a year ago.

The government says it is a simple case of increased demand and limited resources.

The way Barajas sees it, some money spent on battling illegal immigration could be redirected temporarily to clear the backlog and clear the path for legal immigrants.

“I think it is a little discrimination, because they focus on the bad part of immigration.” Barajas said. “What about all these people who have been in the country legally and paying their taxes?”

Unions are a major force behind the citizenship drive and some labor leaders here wonder aloud if a Republican administration is perhaps dragging its feet processing the applications of people it believes are likely to become Democratic voters.

The administration says that is not the case, that the backlog is simply a question of resources.

Barajas, who is active in Culinary Union organizing, is without a doubt a Democrat — though he says he is not sure just yet who he would support if he had a chance to vote in the January Democratic caucus. Now, his best hope is being processed in time for the November election.

As for Lopez, he is not as politically active but says it is “very important to me” to finally get a chance to participate, and that while frustrated he hopes to be a citizen — and a registered voter - by the November general election. Asked about his political preferences, he shrugs, then adds, “I like Bush, but he is almost gone.”

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“Sometimes you put out an idea and there isn’t so much support, and you try to persuade people and you see where you go,” Spitzer said. “This is the way the world works.”
Gov. Eliot Spitzer

Spitzer open to tossing license plan
Governor says he’s staying the course for now, but has softened his stance
Albany Times Union
November 11, 2007

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Reeling from relentless criticism of his plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, Gov. Eliot Spitzer has taken a step back, raising the possibility he may shelve the idea.

The governor’s aides have grown increasingly concerned that reaction to the plan is preventing Spitzer from or even discussing other issues; it has also become an issue for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign and has caused anxiety among other Democrats.

After a meeting Friday with Hispanic lawmakers at a conference here, Spitzer was not displaying the defiance with which he had defended the plan in the past. Asked by a reporter if he would change or table the plan, the governor said he was sticking with it “as of now,” but suggested that he was open to abandoning it.

“Sometimes you put out an idea and there isn’t so much support, and you try to persuade people and you see where you go,” Spitzer said. “This is the way the world works.”

He added: “I don’t think there’s ever been an executive, a president, a governor who hasn’t put out ideas, that at the end of the day there isn’t support, and so things don’t work out, but as of now, sure, I think this is the right idea from a security perspective. We’ll wait and see.”

If Spitzer were to withdraw the policy, there would probably be great relief among the many Democrats who have become entangled in the issue, whether they support the plan or not.

The reaction to the plan has far exceeded what the governor or his staff expected, and Democratic incumbents in Congress and the state Senate fear it has given Republicans an issue to use against them next year. It has also earned Spitzer the animosity of groups pushing for stricter controls on immigration and inspired Lou Dobbs, the CNN anchor, to lead a nightly crusade against the policy…….

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WSJ by John Fund

Sen. Hillary Clinton was asked during a debate this week if she supported New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. At first she seemed to endorse the idea, then claimed, “I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Governor Spitzer is trying to do it.”

The next day she took a firmer stand (sort of) by offering general support for Gov. Spitzer’s approach, but adding that she hadn’t studied his specific plan. She should, and so should the rest of us. It stops just short of being an engraved invitation for people to commit voter fraud.

The background here is the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as “Motor Voter,” that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993. It required all states to offer voter registration to anyone getting a driver’s license. One simply fills out a form and checks a box stating he is a citizen; he is then registered and in most states does not have to show any ID to vote.

But no one checks if the person registering to vote is indeed a citizen. That greatly concerns New York election officials, who processed 245,000 voter registrations at DMV offices last year. “It would be [tough to catch] if someone wanted to . . . get a number of people registered who aren’t citizens and went ahead and got them drivers’ licenses,” says Lee Daghlian, spokesman for New York’s Board of Elections. Assemblywoman Ginny Fields, a Long Island Democrat, warns that the state’s “Board of Elections has no voter police” and that the state probably has upwards of 500,000 illegal immigrants old enough to drive.

The potential for fraud is not trivial, as federal privacy laws prevent cross-checking voter registration rolls with immigration records. Nevertheless, a 1997 Congressional investigation found that “4,023 illegal voters possibly cast ballots in [a] disputed House election” in California. After 9/11, the Justice Department found that eight of the 19 hijackers were registered to vote.

Under pressure from liberal groups, some states have even abandoned the requirement that people check a citizenship box to be put on the voter rolls. Iowa has told local registrars they should register people even if they leave the citizenship box blank. Maryland officials wave illegal immigrants through the registration process, prompting a Justice Department letter warning they may be helping people violate federal law.

Gov. Spitzer is treading perilously close to that. Despite a tactical retreat this week–he says he will only give illegal immigrants a license that isn’t valid for airplane travel and entering federal buildings–Mr. Spitzer has taken active steps to obliterate any distinctions between licenses given to citizens and non-citizens.

In a memo last Sept. 24, he ordered county clerks to remove the visa expiration date and “temporary visitor” stamp on licenses issued to non-citizens who are legally in the country. A Spitzer spokeswoman explained the change was made because the “temporary” label was “pejorative,” given that some visitors might eventually stay in the U.S. Under fire, Mr. Spitzer backed down this week, delaying the cancellation of the “temporary visitor” stamps through the end of next year.

But he has not retreated from another new bizarre policy. It used to be that county clerks who process driver’s licenses were banned from giving out voter registration forms to anyone without a Social Security number. No longer. Lou Dobbs of CNN reported that an Oct. 19 memo from the state DMV informed the clerks they don’t “have any statutory discretion to withhold a motor voter form.” What’s more, the computer block preventing a DMV clerk from transmitting a motor voter registration without a Social Security number was removed.

Gov. Spitzer’s office told me the courts have upheld their position on Social Security numbers. Sandy DePerno, the Democratic clerk of Oneida County, says that makes no sense. “This makes voter fraud easier,” she told me.

While states such as New York are increasing the risk of such fraud, a half-dozen states have recently adopted laws requiring voters to offer proof of identity or citizenship before casting a ballot. A federal commission, co-chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, gave such laws a big boost in 2005 when it called for a nationwide policy requiring a photo ID before voting.

Mr. Carter has personal knowledge of why such laws are needed. He recounts in his book “Turning Point” how his 1962 race for Georgia State Senate involved a local sheriff who had cast votes for the dead. It took a recount and court challenge before Mr. Carter was declared the winner.

Measures that curb voter fraud on the one hand and encourage it on the other will be central to the 2008 election. The Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Indiana’s photo ID law next spring, while lawsuits challenging Gov. Spitzer’s moves will be in New York state courts.

Despite her muddled comments this week, there’s no doubt where Mrs. Clinton stands on ballot integrity. She opposes photo ID laws, even though they enjoy over 80% support in the polls. She has also introduced a bill to force every state to offer no-excuse absentee voting as well as Election Day registration–easy avenues for election chicanery. The bill requires that every state restore voting rights to all criminals who have completed their prison terms, parole or probation.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen notes that Mrs. Clinton is such a polarizing figure that she attracts between 46% and 49% support no matter which Republican candidate she’s pitted against–even libertarian Ron Paul. She knows she may have trouble winning next year. Maybe that’s why she’s thrown herself in with those who will look the other way as a new electoral majority is formed–even if that includes non-citizens, felons and those who suddenly cross a state line on Election Day and decide they want to vote someplace new.
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Mr. Fund, a columnist for OpinionJournal.com, is author of a forthcoming revised edition of “Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy.” (Encounter).

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Hayduk said that excluding non-citizens from voting amounts to “taxation without representation” and is similar to the historical exclusion of African Americans and women from the electoral process.

“Voting has always been about who’s going to have a say,” he said.

Illegal immigration debate extends to voting booth
Allowing non-citizens to cast ballots being considered by more cities
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 11, 2007

Should non-citizens be allowed to vote? Officials in Takoma Park, Md., think so. The city, a liberal enclave near the nation’s capital, is one of a few local jurisdictions that encourage non-citizens to vote. Since Takoma Park does not ask for proof of legal residence, it is possible that illegal immigrants were casting ballots this week.

In a few other small cities in Maryland, all residents are allowed to participate in local elections, regardless of citizenship status. Chicago allows non-citizens to vote in school board elections and New York City is considering a proposal to give voting rights to legal immigrants. New York City allowed non-citizens to vote in school board elections for more than three decades, until 2003.

In addition, the Massachusetts cities of Amherst, Cambridge and Newton have approved measures to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections, but the ordinances require approval of the state legislature, which hasn’t acted yet.

About a dozen other cities, including Portland, Maine, and Madison, Wis., are considering similar proposals, said Ron Hayduk, co-founder of the Immigrant Voting Project, a non-profit group that supports voting rights for non-citizens.

Hayduk said that non-citizens are paying taxes, working, and in some cases, revitalizing entire neighborhoods and, therefore, should have a say in the future of their communities.

“These people are stake holders,” he said. “They have vested interests. They are non-citizen citizens.”

But others believe that allowing non-citizens to vote erodes the electoral process and the meaning of citizenship.

Voting by non-citizens has become a hot political topic since Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York expressed support for a proposal by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to allow illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses.

Two of her GOP rivals â?? former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee â?? said that the plan could lead to fraud, with illegal immigrants casting ballots.

“Voting is a precious right of a citizen. It is absolutely not the privilege that should be extended to somebody who is not a citizen of this country, period,” Huckabee said.

Experts said there is no evidence to support charges that illegal immigrants are committing fraud by casting ballots in any kind of significant way.

“Voting by illegal immigrants has not been a serious problem in the United States. Indeed, evidence of election fraud by individuals is almost nonexistent,” said Thomas Mann, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “I doubt illegal immigrants would try to use driver’s licenses to vote. … Voting is low on their list of priorities.”

But opponents say that the problem of illegal immigrants voting has not been studied so there is no way to know how much it has occurred.

“One illegal immigrant voting is one too many,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that advocates stronger immigration controls.

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I would love to see the evidence that legal immigrants are being intimidated at the voting polls. It seems to me that these Hispanic officials have mastered the politics of hate and phony allegations.

Washington Post

Hispanic elected officials in the Washington area yesterday urged immigrant voters to vote next Tuesday to demonstrate their political power and counter what they called a troubling surge of anti-immigrant sentiment in parts of the region.

Speaking in Spanish at a news conference in Arlington attended by several Spanish-language news organizations, the officials urged immigrant voters who are U.S. citizens not to worry about being intimidated at the polls. They unveiled a telephone hotline –

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA — that they said would be staffed by lawyers who could advise voters on how to protect their rights.

Several of the speakers specifically criticized some officials in Northern Virginia for engaging in what they called ‘the politics of hate.’ They said they are coming forward now because Tuesday is a significant election in which the entire Virginia General Assembly will be selected and key local government posts will be filled in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun and Arlington counties and in Gaithersburg.

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LA Times

When President Bush’s immigration reform bill collapsed this summer, largely because of objections from his own party, open-borders advocates warned that the GOP would pay a harsh political price for killing the bill. Latino support had been crucial in electing Bush, the argument went, and Latino voters represented a rising electoral tide that Republicans were ignoring at their peril.

It may be years before it plays a pivotal role in a national election. Latinos may represent about 14% of the U.S. population, but they constituted just 6% of the 2004 electorate — 7.5 million voters out of 125 million. According to Census Bureau data, only 34% of the nation’s adult Latino population registered to vote in 2004, and 28% voted. By contrast, 67% of the country’s adult white, non-Latino population and 56% of its adult black population voted in 2004. Black voters outnumbered Latino voters nearly 2 to 1 in 2004.

The key to winning Latino votes may be running good candidates, not pandering. Latino voters themselves seem to agree. A 2004 Washington Post poll found that immigration was the least important issue among Latino voters, with only 3.5% placing it at the top of their concerns.

Given what the voting numbers show us, it’s unlikely that Latinos will become an important voting bloc in most places as soon as many predict. And by the time that they do, Latino citizens might find that an immigration policy based on enforcing borders and increasing the number of better-skilled immigrants, which many Republicans advocate, actually benefits them. Recent economic studies show that the country’s current levels of immigration are hurting immigrants who are already here — and hurting native-born Latinos more than most U.S. residents. A saner immigration flow is likely to boost the average wages of our current Latino population and free up resources, like housing, in Latino communities.

But much of the commentary on Latino voting power tends to ignore such issues, focusing instead on Latino voters’ supposed anger at Republicans and comparing it to black voters’ desertion of the party after key Republicans opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s. But the analogy hardly stands up. American blacks were striving to obtain rights guaranteed in the Constitution but denied to them. By contrast, the current immigration debate is not about denying immigrants anything; it’s about dealing with those now here illegally and those yet to come.

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John Gibson interviews invader activist nutjob Javier Rodriguez who is involved in the case of Saulito and Elvira Arellano. Javier Rodriguez, is also an organizer of the so called March 25th Coalition that led the big 2006 march in Los Angeles. Everything they’ve organized since has flopped.

Javier is registering illegal aliens to vote.

The rhetoric and irrational thinking of the open borders crowd and reconquistas like Javier Rodriquez never ceases to amaze me.

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MySanAntonio

Officials involved in a joint federal-state probe say that some of the dozens of people under investigation in a months-long Bexar County voter fraud case may be charged with both state and federal crimes.

Federal investigators are to meet this week with local prosecutors to coordinate the cases being developed and determine who’ll face state felony charges for voting illegally and who will be deported for violating federal immigration law.

No arrests have yet been made.

Authorities said they are anticipating charging some of the undocumented people alleged to have voted in Bexar County with felony violation of state law before they are turned over to immigration agents and likely deported.

As the federal portion of the investigation begun in late May winds down, Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed will determine how she’ll proceed in the case of the 41 people who allegedly voted, some repeatedly, despite being non-citizens.

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Campaign mailer to Hispanics is determined to be legal, although federal investigation continues.

OC Register

A state investigation has found that Tan Nguyen’s congressional campaign committed no crime last year when it mailed 14,000 letters telling immigrants they could be jailed for voting, the Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.

However, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that its voting-rights section is still investigating the incident.

“I’m very happy,” Nguyen said of the state case’s being closed. Asked if he might run for office again, he said, “You can bet on it.”

Nguyen, a Republican nominee subsequently denounced by party leaders, tried unsuccessfully to upset Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, in the heavily Hispanic central county district.

The Spanish-language letters, sent to foreign-born Hispanic Democrats, warned recipients that if “you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time” or deportation, according to the widely circulated English translation.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons said no criminal intent could be proven.

“We could not prove that there was an intent to intimidate lawfully registered voters,” Schons said. “There’s no doubt there was an intent to intimidate unlawfully registered voters.”

Schons pointed to a line in the letter that said, “If you are a citizen of the United States, we ask that you participate in the democratic process of voting.” He also said that when Sanchez beat incumbent Bob Dornan in 1996, illegally registered voters casting ballots, a factor that may have provided a legitimate motive for the Nguyen letter.


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SacBee

There are nearly 1 million fewer Californians registered to vote compared with two years ago, according to the secretary of state’s latest registration report.

Of 22 million eligible voters, California had 16.6 million people, or 74 percent, register in 2005, compared with 15.7 million, or 69 percent, this year.

The report, issued every odd-numbered year, reflects newly registered voters and removes people who have died, moved out of state or become ineligible to vote.

While the drop has happened before — the state had 410,000 fewer registrants in 2003 than it did in 2001, for example — Secretary of State Debra Bowen is worried about the drop and says the state should invest in public education.

“Part of the drop in registration numbers can be attributed to better tracking and the removal of so-called ‘deadwood’ from the rolls, but the state’s population is continuing to grow, and the number of registered voters isn’t,” Bowen said.

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Boston.com

By a 20-4 vote, Newton aldermen approved allowing residents who are not US citizens the right to vote in local elections.

Ted Hess-Mahan , alderman at large from Ward 3 , sponsored the measure, saying it is only fair that residents who pay taxes, send their kids to school, and own property in Newton should also be able to vote on measures that affect them. The overwhelming vote contrasts with 2005, when Hess-Mahan couldn’t drum up support for a similar proposal.

Mayor David Cohen must ask the city’s legislative delegation to file the proposal with the Legislature, which must approve it as a home-rule measure.

Hess-Mahan said Cambridge, Amherst, and Wayland are seeking similar approval.

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Billngs Gazette

Helena — The first in a series of bills designed to curb illegal immigration was endorsed by the Senate on Thursday.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, would prohibit unlawful workers from obtaining or renewing state occupational licenses, such as those needed to be a plumber or a doctor. The measure passed 27-23, with every Republican senator and three Democratic senators voting for it.

Shockley, who has sponsored four other bills designed to restrict illegal immigrants this session, said the majority of Montanans want the government to punish unlawful workers. He told the Senate that he was ‘nibbling around the edges’ of the issue because immigration is the federal government’s responsibility.

‘The problem is the Congress passes laws they don’t want the president to enforce. And guess what, he doesn’t enforce them,’ Shockley said.

Opponents of the bill said it was unnecessary and would create problems for law-abiding workers. Applicants for professional licenses would have to present a valid Social Security or tax-identification number, or an official document proving the applicant could work in the United States legally.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on another anti-illegal-immigration bill sponsored by Shockley today. That bill would make it a felony for an illegal alien to register to vote.

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LA Times

Washington — Prompted in part by misleading campaign tactics that marred elections in several states, Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) introduced legislation Wednesday that would criminalize lying to or otherwise intentionally misleading voters to keep them away from the polls.

Among the controversial 2006 elections was a U.S. House race in Orange County, in which thousands of Latino citizens received letters wrongly suggesting they could go to jail for voting.

The bill specifically mentions the Orange County letters. About 14,000 Democratic voters with Spanish surnames in the 47th District, which includes parts of Fullerton, Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana, received letters before the Nov. 7 election warning that immigrants could face jail time or deportation for voting. In fact, naturalized immigrants have the same voting rights as citizens born in the United States.

The letters were traced to the House campaign of Republican Tan Nguyen, who denied personally sending or authorizing the letters. The incident prompted state and federal investigations into possible voting rights violations. Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant, was soundly defeated by incumbent Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana).

Sanchez said she was unaware of the Senate bill before hearing about it from a reporter Wednesday.

‘I think it’s great,’ she said. ‘Maybe I’ll introduce it on the House side.’

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AZstarNet

Last spring, Tucson looked like many other cities across the country as marchers took to the streets to protest potential federal immigration legislation.

Back then, activists and politicos predicted that the fury might ignite Hispanic support for Democrats.
Well, Congress never passed that immigration package and Republicans soon became mired in other issues that brought them to defeat in 2006.

And while the Republican Party clearly lost ground among Hispanic voters, polls indicate that Arizona Hispanic voters bucked national trends and conventional wisdom in some races.
Nearly half supported declaring English the official language of Arizona, despite critics’ contentions that the law would hurt the Hispanic community.

More than 40 percent supported Republican incumbent Sen. Jon Kyl â?? who opposes amnesty â?? even though in other races Republicans struggled to win over Hispanic voters.

And on Arizona’s various ballot measures dealing with illegal immigration, political experts say moderate support among Hispanic voters contributed to the landslide victories that they received statewide.
While Democrats clearly benefited in the election, an analysis by the Pew Research Center finds that “the shift towards the Democrats this year may not have been as dramatic as it seems at first glance.”

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‘Hacking’ casts doubt on security of ballots
Boston Globe
November 1, 2006

Voting is always a matter of faith: You give up your ballot to the dark machine and hope to avoid human error, or worse. I used to live in a state where it was rumored that the dead took part in municipal elections; given the risks, there’s something comforting about leaving the counting to a cold, impartial machine.

Unless the machine is disturbingly easy to compromise, too.

That’s the message of “Hacking Democracy,” the HBO documentary that premieres Thursday at 9, timed to stir up maximum ire before next week’s election. Computers, we’re told, will count more than 80 percent of America’s votes next Tuesday. And one small group of activists is convinced that now the ballots are less secure than ever.

Their leader is Bev Harris, an unassuming Seattle resident who is first introduced as “a grandmother.” This makes her sound quaint and feeble and, in truth, is a little unfair. Harris is also a professional writer, a master at the Freedom of Information Act request, and a Googler par excellence. In 2002, an online search for information about voting machines led her to an unsecured website for Diebold , the Ohio company that holds a vast portion of the nation’s electronic voting machine market.

She found pages and pages of programming code, gibberish to her untrained eye. But her instinct was to download it and pass it around. A computer security expert at Johns Hopkins University confirmed what she feared: that anyone with computer know-how, and access to the right memory card, could tap into the code and alter an election.

“Hacking Democracy” follows the ensuing crusade, as Harris and a handful of compatriots — academics, former political candidates, a few voting officials — try to spread the word that the nation’s elections are in jeopardy. They road-trip to Alabama and Florida, prompt hearings in California, embarrass a Florida election supervisor who’s steeped in denial. This is, in part, a story about how ordinary people turn to activism, but it’s also a sad little parable about how hard it is to stir up outrage over the nuts and bolts of democracy. In truth, the filmmakers face a similar challenge; they do their best to build up tension, but it’s hard to wring excitement from a computer printout……

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