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Voting & Elections 04.5.2019

Maddow’s Transparency Teach-in with Watergate-era Attorney Philip Lacovara

Rachel Maddow gave the nation an important history lesson with the man who made that history with two important decisions for transparency in the Watergate-era, Philip Lacovara.

Voting & Elections 07.10.2018

Election Cybersecurity Congressional Briefing: Facebook Live Recording

It was almost two years ago that we first became aware of attacks on our election system by Russia. As we approach 2018, Americans understandably want to know about cybersecurity, what is being done to strengthen the integrity of our elections. Today, a congressional briefing with leading experts makes these complex issues accessible and understandable. A link to a Facebook Live recording is available for you to watch and share with others.

Voting & Elections 07.6.2018

‘I’ve been preparing my whole life’

As a bipartisan collection of senators reaffirms the continuing threat of Russian interference in our elections, the president insists the man behind those attacks is "fine."

Voting & Elections 05.8.2018

Primary Season Is Here and Our Elections Remain Vulnerable

State officials say $380 million Congress provided for machine upgrades isn't enough.

Voting & Elections 04.9.2018

’60 Minutes’ Probes Russia’s Election Hacking, US Response

CBS report highlights gaps in U.S. election security

Voting & Elections 04.5.2018

WATCH: A Computer Scientist Makes the Case for Paper Ballots

This New York Times video featuring J. Alex Halderman, a computer scientist at the University of Michigan, explains how easy it is for hackers to make their way into electronic voting systems.

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