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Voice of the Voters!

Hosted by Mary Ann Gould, Lori Rosolowsky, and Jim Strait, formerly with John Gideon  reporting on the week's top voting news stories. 

Voice of the Voters is currently on hiatus for revamping and reorganization. Meanwhile, please listen to archived audios of past shows.


In Memoriam: John Gideon, 1947-2009

The country has lost a true hero and we have lost a true friend

and irreplaceable contributor to the Voice of the Voters.

April 15, 2009: Reprise of January 21, 2009: Roundtable discussion of election integrity challenges in 2009 under a new administration and Congress, with Joseph Hall,; Pamela Smith,; and John Bonifaz, Audio. Summary.


April 8, 2009: Reprise of October 31, 2007, show: Rosabeth M. Kanter, professor at Harvard Business School, best-selling author, and one of the "50 most powerful women in the world" (Times of London). Latest book: America the Principled: 6 Opportunities for Becoming a Can-Do Nation Once Again. Audio. Transcript.


April 1, 2009: Peggy Holman, founder of the Open Circle Company, facilitator of "Journalism That Matters" conferences, and co-editor of The Change Handbook, explores the opportunities opened up by "emergent change" and the "new news ecology." Audio. News update.


March 25, 2009: Election integrity and reform in Pennsylvania are discussed with state Senator Chuck McIlhinney (Bucks and Montgomery Counties), chair of the State Government Committee, and Mary Beth Kuznik, founder and executive director of Audio Part 1, Part 2.  


March 18, 2009: Broward Election Reform Coalition founder Ellen Brodsky gives an update on her legal situation James M. Kennedy of the Associated Press discusses the generational shift explored in the AP study "A New Model for News." Rod Petrey and Jon DeVries of the Collins Center for Public Policy talk about its study "Revitalizing Democracy in Florida" and the disputed Sarasota election of 2006. Audio Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. 


March 11, 2009: Breaking through: Innovative solutions to the impasse over our voting system in Bucks County, with DeAnna Martin, Center for Wise Democracy and NYU senior and voting activist Sara Haile-Mariam. Audio.


March 7, 2009: CVI fundraiser -- "Supporters gather to tout voter-verified ballots," Bucks County Herald, March 11, 2009. More photos>>


March 4, 2009: Internet Voting: Reprise of February 18 show with Tom Geairn, founder and president of the security and infrastructure consulting firm NewView Consulting; plus the added perspective of W. Skip Parish, who was involved in the engineering and set-up of communications lines leased by Operation BRAVO. Audio Part 1, Part 2.


February 25 reprise of January 21, 2009: Roundtable discussion of election integrity challenges in 2009 under a new administration and Congress, with Joseph Hall,; Pamela Smith,; and John Bonifaz, Audio. Summary.


February 18, 2009: Internet Voting: Future Promise or Future Problem? Tom Geairn, founder and president of the security and infrastructure consulting firm NewView Consulting, LLC, guest-hosted by Ellen Theisen of Voters Unite. Audio Part 1, Part 2.


February 11, 2009: Electoral College v. National Popular Vote (NPV) debated by Tara Ross, attorney and author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College, and Jamie Raskin, MD state senator and professor of law at American U., with comments by Dan Ashby, Election Defense Alliance, and Rob Richie, FairVote. Audio Part 1, Part 2.


February 4, 2009: Ellen Brodsky and Election Integrity vs. the State of Florida. The founder of the Broward Election Reform Coalition ran for Broward County election supervisor last November and was arrested and jailed overnight during the count. The State of Florida eventually brought a criminal charge of "Trespass after Warning" against her, to which she pled not guilty. Ellen tells the story of the "fight of my life." NYU student activist Sara Haile-Mariam brings us up to date on the youth vote. Audio.


January 28, 2009: In the spirit of the Creekside Declaration, "to encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory democracy," tonight's was an open mike show. Thank you, John Gideon, for calling in and generously offering a matching challenge grant up to $250! Audio.


January 21, 2009: Roundtable discussion of election integrity challenges in 2009 under a new administration and Congress, with Joseph Hall,; Pamela Smith,; and John Bonifaz, Audio. Summary.


January 14, 2009: Lessons learned from the Franken-Coleman recount. Mark Halvorson, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota, and Mike Dean, Common Cause Minnesota. Audio. Summary.


January 7, 2009: The Election Assistance Commission: Where's the "assistance"? Ellen Theisen and John Gideon of Voters Unite discuss their new report on the EAC's violations of federal law in its dereliction of duty. Audio. Summary. Sheri Myers of called in but regrettably was not recorded.


December 31, 2008: Part 1: It's always about the money: From understanding its fundamental nature to how it's produced, valued, accounted for, distributed, invested, taxed, spent and, yes, all too often misappropriated, with host Jim Strait. Part 1 Audio.  Part 2: Reprise of Mary Ann Gould's July 4, 2007, interview with Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Gordon S. Wood, celebrating Independence Day. Part 2 Audio. Summary.


December 24, 2008: Reprise of Voice of the Voters' 2006 Holiday Show with General George [Bob Gerenser] Washington recounting the events of December 25, 1776. Lori Rosolowsky and Courtney Colletti perform traditional holiday songs. Audio.


December 17 reprise of December 10, 2008: Jim Strait  describes "American Voting Methodologies 1776-2008." Massie Ritsch of the Center for Responsive Politics/ "Following the Money Trail to Elected Office." Summary. Audio.


December 3, 2008: Mary Ann Gould, co-founder of the Coalition for Voting Integrity, discusses the future path of the election integrity movement with guest host Jim Strait. John Gideon brings the latest voting news. Summary. Audio. Mary Ann Gould is also a guest on the Rob Kall Radio Show, Bottom Up, which follows Voice of the Voters. Audio.

November 26, 2008: Fom Lincoln to Obama; Public Ballots to Phantom Votes. Harold Holzer is Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and author of thirty-one books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, most recently Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861. Richard Hayes Phillips, author of Witness to a Crime: A Citizens' Audit of an American Election, regarding the 2004 election in Ohio, will discuss the role of "phantom votes" in the 2008 election. See also his paper "What Constitutes an Election Audit." Audio.

November 19, 2008: Two recent candidates from Florida: Ellen Brodsky, of the Broward Election Reform Coalition, who ran for Broward County election supervisor, lost, and was arrested and jailed overnight during the count, and Clint Curtis, featured in the documentary Murder, Spies and Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story (his successful rival in the primary unseated Tom Feeney in the general election). Audio.


November 12 reprise of November 5, 2008: The Day After: Voices from the Election Integrity community, including Brad Friedman,; John Gideon,; Tom Courbat, Save R Vote; Paddy Shaffer (featured in Ohio Democracy Deadlocked videos), Ohio Election Justice Campaign; Bo Lipari, New Yorkers for Verified Voting; Jeremy Epstein, Virginia Verified VotingMark Halvorson, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota; and Marybeth Kuznik,; for a post-election wrap-up. Audio.


October 29, 2008: Madeline Rawley of the Coalition for Voting Integrity (CVI) discusses the potential problems that Bucks County, PA, voters will face on election day [Audio]. CVI co-founder and Judge of Elections Ruth Matheny offers pollwatching guidelines  [Audio]. Michael Churchill of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia reviews the successful lawsuit filed, along with Voter Action and the law firm of Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff and Abady, on behalf of plaintiffs including the NAACP and Election Reform Network, seeking emergency paper ballots for PA voters if 50 percent of a precinct's voting machines break down [Audio].


October 22, 2008: Election Whistleblowers -- Citizens, Election Officials, Candidates. Part 1: "Creekside-gate" – Government abuse of power and a citizens' revolt, discussed with community organizer Lisa Williams and Creekside's attorney, Marc Weinstein. For background on Creekside, see Voting News. Part 2: Standing for Voters -- Preparing candidates to challenge election results and promote election integrity, with Emily Levy, project coordinator with Velvet Revolution's Election Protection Strike Force. Audio.


October 15 reprise of May 28, 2008: Bev Harris of Black Box Voting discusses election protection and BBV's 2008 Tool Kit: Pocket Guide to Election Protection -- Top 5 Things You Can Do to Stop Election Theft. Audio.


October 8, 2008: Capitalism without Conscience and How Money Corrupts the Vote with Bill Glynn, hosted by Jim Strait. Audio.


October 1 reprise of September 24, 2008: Student Voting 101 with Jennifer S. Rosenberg, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law; NYU student activist Sara Haile-Mariam; and Matthew Segal of the Student Association for Voter Empowerment (SAVE). The Brennan Center published a Legal Guide to Student Voting. Audio.


September 17, 2008: Hawaii: An island in more ways than one. Jason Forester and Bart Dame, cofounders, Safe Vote Hawaii, hosted by Jim StraitAudio.


September 10, 2008: John Bonifaz of Voter Action and Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog re the "mis-directives"  of PA. Pennsylvania's Secretary of State has just issued a non-binding directive requiring that emergency paper ballots be issued if ALL machines in a precinct malfunction. But the state already has a law that allows (but does not require) paper ballots if just ONE machine per precinct malfunctions. PA also has a directive allowing electronic votes to be destroyed if the "vote/record" button is not pushed. How are election integrity groups responding to the new directive? Ellen Theisen and John Gideon of Voters Unite! join in. Audio. Note: A federal judge later ruled that emergency paper ballots must be used if half of a precinct's voting machines are inoperable (Phila. Inquirer, Oct. 29, 2008).

September 3, 2008:  Reprise of Jan. 2, 2008: Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson makes the case for impeachment; read his March 1 and October 27, 2007, speeches. Tim Kettler and Paddy Shaffer of the Ohio Election Justice CampaignAudio. Podcast.

August 27 reprise of August 20, 2008: Ellen Theisen of discusses her report "Vendors are undermining the structure of U.S. elections: A VotersUnite report on the current situation and how to reclaim elections--in 2008 and beyond." Audio.

August 13 reprise of August 6: State of the States reports from Ohio and Florida--Paddy Shaffer and Marian LupoOhio Election Justice Campaign, re their intervention in King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association v. Blackwell;* Susan Pynchon, Florida Fair Elections Coalition; Ellen Brodsky, Broward Election Reform Coalition; Ion Sancho, Supervisor of Elections, Leon County, FL. Audio. Email your nominations for best and worst states for election integrity and reasons why to *Lead attorney Cliff Arnebeck and expert witness Stephen Spoonamore are shown in this video:

More re Spoonamore and the Ohio lawsuit>>.

July 30 reprise of July 23: State of the States reports on 2008 election readiness in Texas, Virginia and Connecticut--Sonia Santana, Texas Safe Voting Coalition; Jeremy Epstein, Virginia Verified Voting; Luther Weeks, and Connecticut Citizen Election Audit Coalition.  Audio.


July 16: John Gideon of Voters Unite with an expanded update on the week's voting news, including that in Congress and at the EAC and recertification testing, followed by a reprise of our July 9 program: Richard Hayes Phillips, author of Witness to a Crime: A Citizens' Audit of an American Election, will discuss "un-fixing elections: We haven't fixed the problems, we haven't un-fixed the elections."


"irrefutable evidence" -- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.


Also featured on July 9: Mary Beth Kuznik of on "Pennsylvania: The State of Denial."

Audio of July 16 segment. Audio of July 9 program.



July 2, 2008: New York State’s new HAVA voting machines—are they ready for prime time? Bo Lipari, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Verified Voting, reports on the situation in New York State as new HAVA-mandated voting systems begin to be tested and delivered. State election integrity advocates fought to have some of the strictest certification standards for voting machines in the nation. Now that the machines are finally being delivered and testing has begun, initial certification testing has uncovered thousands of defects and New York counties are reporting receiving machines that don’t work.
Bill Biamonte, Nassau County Commissioner of Elections
Nassau County formally informed the court overseeing New York State’s HAVA implementation that 85% of machines delivered to them to date have not been able to pass county acceptance testing. Bill tells us about the problems they’ve encountered and what Nassau wants to do about it.
Vicky Perry, Duchess County Board of Elections Machine Coordinator
Vicky shares her observations as the new systems begin to arrive, the implications of the early problems, and the uncertainty facing the Boards of Elections as they work to deploy ballot-marking devices for the first time this year. Audio 


June 25 reprise of June 18, 2008: Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, sponsor of a reform bill that includes abolition of the Electoral College; Maryland State Senator Jamin Raskin, professor of law, American U., re the national popular vote; Alexander Keyssar, professor of history and social policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; Bill Faulkner of Verified Voting of Florida; Dan Ashby of Election Defense Alliance. Audio.


June 11, 2008: Anonymous, author of Cassandra, Chanting: An Election Insider's Nightmare, discusses "How to Steal an Election" with  Ellen Theisen of Audio.


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