Tuesday, November 4, 2008

  • Penn Voters and the 2008 Election: Juan Gonzalez Reports from the Key Battleground State

    Voterexitingweb

    It’s Election Day, and voters are heading to the polls across the country in what election officials are expecting to be record turnout numbers. Pennsylvania is one of the key battleground states in the presidential race. We go to the town of Scranton to get a report from Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez, where he is on assignment for the New York Daily News. [includes rush transcript]

  • From Gay Marriage to Predatory Lending, Voters to Decide on 150+ Ballot Initiatives Nationwide

    Ballotsweb

    While the media focuses primarily on the presidential race, we get an overview of some of the 153 ballot initiatives being voted today in thirty-six states. Voters will weigh in on matters as diverse as clean energy, children’s health insurance, stem cell research, predatory lending, affirmative action, immigrant rights, abortion, gay marriage, adoption, nonviolent drug offenses, income tax, and treatment of farm animals. We speak with Kristina Wilfore of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and Richard Kim of The Nation magazine. [includes rush transcript]

  • Felony Disenfranchisement and the Right to Vote: Democracy Now!’s Mike Kimber Casts a Ballot for the First Time

    Kimberweb

    As tens of millions head to the polls today, we take a look at the issue of felony disenfranchisement, the practice by state governments of barring people convicted of a felony from voting, even after they have served their time. What many don’t realize is that while a few states have permanent felony disenfranchisement laws, many allow those with a felony record to eventually rejoin the voter rolls. Democracy Now!’s Mike Kimber discusses his experience casting a ballot for the first time in his life after realizing he was allowed to vote in New York. We also speak with Myrna Pérez of the Brennan Center for Justice. [includes rush transcript]

  • Video the Vote: National Citizen Journalists Network Monitors Polling Stations in Local Communities

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    Video the Vote is a national network of citizen journalists monitoring the polling stations in their communities. The group has a toll-free number, 1-866-OUR-VOTE, that voters can call to report problems at the polls. A command center in Washington, D.C. can then choose from a database of some 3,000 people to dispatch camera-wielding volunteers to the voting sites. [includes rush transcript]

  • FCC to Vote on Opening Up "White Spaces" on TV Spectrum to Expand Broadband Access

    Karrweb

    There’s another important vote today, but it’s not the US election. The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to decide on a measure that could expand wireless broadband internet access to more of the country. The FCC will vote on whether to allow the unlicensed use of so-called “white space” television spectrum for wireless internet services. We speak with Timothy Karr of the media reform group Free Press. [includes rush transcript]