Dan Rather Reports

Season 5 Episode 34

Das Vote

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2010 on HDNet
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Das Vote
(10/26/2010) The upcoming midterm election will be historic, not because of the outcome of the vote, but the way we vote. For the first time, all 50 states will use some form of electronic voting machines to tally the ballots. In recent years, the U.S. and a number of countries abroad have rushed to replace old style voting, like punch cards and paper ballots with computers -- so-called e-voting machines that are said to record votes faster and more accurately. During the past eight years, the government has funneled nearly $4 billion to states to buy electronic machines. But in Europe, where the machines have also been used, computer savvy activists have raised serious questions about the machines…questions that cut to the very essence of a democracy -- namely, how can the public be sure every electronic vote is counted and what’s to stop someone from hacking into the e-voting machines? Also, one American's fight against voting machines in his state.moreless

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