Hacking Democracy: The U.S. Voting System Needs Improvement

Hacking Democracy is a must-see investigative documentary which examines allegations of election fraud during the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Led by Bev Harris, founder of Black Box Voting, an American Elections Watchdog Group, the organization is actively involved in examining the structural problems that still persist in the voting system.

The documentary follows Bev Harris and Kathleen Wynne, director and associate director for nonprofit election watchdog group Black Box Voting, as they attempt to discover the extent to which it would be possible to alter results on the electronic voting machines of Diebold Election Systems [now Premier Election Solutions]. Andy Stephenson, an employee of Black Box Voting from July-December 2004, assisted with comparisons of audit documents in Volusia County and obtained a secret videotape of Harris interviewing a voting machine testing lab. Kathleen Wynne captured live video of Harris finding voting machine records in a Volusia County trash bag, and captured video of Cuyahoga County elections workers admitting that the initial 3% recount ballots had not been randomly selected during the 2004 presidential election. Harris and Wynne then embarked on a series of five voting machine hack tests with Dr. Herbert Hugh Thompson and Harri Hursti in 2005 and 2006. During the course of the documentary, multiple methods of tampering with the votes are shown.

In 2007 Hacking Democracy was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.

photo: KCIvey

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