Wisconsin Recount Pt. 1 | Alternet.org

Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist and filmmaker Lulu Friesdat, is on the ground looking at the recount in eastern Wisconsin. While election officials and poll workers see the recount as a monumental and painstaking task, election integrity experts, who know how electronic voting systems can be hacked and are prone to errors, say that Wisconsin's recount process is not following best practices to determine if the reported results are correct.

CREDIT:  Producer, Camera, Correspondent, Editor

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Wisconsin Recount Pt. 2 | Alternet.org

In the 2016 Wisconsin presidential recount, in Racine County WI, Liz Whitlock and her team find an error rate of almost 5% in the optical scan count in one ward. A similar error rate applied across all of Wisconsin’s 2,976,150 votes – could produce an error of 140,000 votes. Trump won Wisconsin by 22,000 votes (less than 1%.) Liz and other volunteers count votes with a hand clicker as the ballots are fed into an optical scan machine. Their team finds errors in other wards that they count as well, but the clerk in Racine County Wisconsin does not allow the votes to be counted by hand. 

CREDIT:  Producer, 2nd Camera, Correspondent, Editor

Camera by Daniel Greinke
Objection hearing footage  by Jennifer Reddy-Theisen

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Wisconsin Recount Pt. 3 | Alternet.org

Our investigative look back at the Wisconsin recount finds that despite repeated warnings by computer experts that connecting voting machines to the internet puts them at risk of hacking - the voting machines in some counties in Wisconsin are using wireless modems. The hardware creates a connection that in all likelihood has internet capability; even as the chair of the Election Assistance Commission swears to congress that the machines are not connected to the internet. Plus an international computer security expert shows how the voting machines can be hacked even when they're not connected to the internet.

CREDIT:  Producer, Camera, Correspondent, Editor

Milwaukee County recount footage courtesy of WisconsinEye
Dane County recount footage courtesy of WKOW 27

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DOCUMENTARY | Holler Back - [not] Voting in an American Town

Excerpt from the film showing Princeton computer scientists Ariel J. Feldman and J. Alex Halderman successfully hacking a Diebold (now Dominion) electronic voting machine. They did this research as graduate students working with Princeton Professor Edward W. Felten.


"Holler Back" is a fast-paced, insightful tour of the entrenched problems of U.S. elections and available solutions: from the twisted complexities of the electoral college to easily hackable voting equipment. It is available for download.

The film takes place in the midst of the contentious 2004 presidential election, in America's heartland. Allentown Pennsylvania is a swing city in a swing state, that could literally change the outcome of the entire election. While election activists are going door to door to nail down every vote, the film centers around those who have decided not to participate in the election.

Revealing interviews with non-voters draw you in as one after another they express their anger and lack of faith in a corrupt and unresponsive system. With impressive detail and considerable humor, the tight and highly charged film focuses on the entrenched problems of U.S. elections that discourage participation.

Awarded Best Documentary at the Sunscreen Film Festival, the project screened at film festivals and colleges around the U.S. including the “We the People” festival at Kent State University, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

Documentary | 76 minutes

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