Episode 13: New Independent Audit Technology Recounts and Visualizes Every Ballot, Every Vote, Any Discrepancy
Mark Earley, current head of local election officials in Florida, explains the new Automated Independent Audit and Vote Visualization that is currently operational in Florida. The certified audit technology independently recounts all paper ballots with a different tabulation system to immediately confirm the accuracy of the election results. The popular new process provides visualization of every single ballot, race, and discrepancy in the election and has remarkedly increased transparency and trust in elections across Florida.
Episode 12: Michigan State Rep. Ann Bollin Draws on Local Clerk Experience to Improve Elections Process
Michigan State Representative Ann Bollin joins Don to discuss how Michigan localities are working to fund and operate elections that facilitate the rights of voters and establish the best possible process to produce accurate and timely results. Bollin also explains how her 15 years as a township clerk informs her work in the state legislature, especially on election and voting issues.
Episode 11: 20 Years of HAVA: How the Help America Vote Act Improved Our Elections
Don welcomes Doug Lewis, former executive director of The Election Center, to tell the inside story of how advocates for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) navigated past partisanship from both parties to pass major election reforms in the wake of the Election 2000 drama. Don and Doug also discuss what areas of our elections process currently need the most attention and what the greatest danger is to our elections.
Episode 10: The Intersection of the First Amendment and Election Administration
Don welcomes former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Lee Goodman to discuss what sort of speech is permitted at or near the polls on Election Day, what is against the law, and the gray areas in between. How may courts review election laws in the future? You've probably seen campaign supporters outside as you approach your polling place. Are poll watchers allowed to advocate for their candidates in the room where the voting occurs? Are voters allowed to engage in political speech? Can they wear shirts or buttons promoting a particular candidate or a general political message? And what freedoms and limitations do members of the press have at polling places? Goodman walks us through years of court cases and policy decisions that spell out what you can say on Election Day and where you can say it.
Episode 9: The Election Must Go On: Election Heroes in the Midst of Destruction
Don Palmer of the Election Assistance Commission welcomes Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin to discuss how he and his team managed to hold successful elections during a pandemic and then in the aftermath of three devastating hurricanes just a year later. Secretary Ardoin discusses some of the major logistical hurdles his office faced and how people pulled together to protect the right to vote. Palmer and Secretary Ardoin also discuss Louisiana's commitment to new and improved voting systems and how supply chain problems could have a big impact on this year's elections.