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  • How to Hack An Election

    The inside story of how a cybercriminal for hire teamed with Latin's America's most notorious fixer to influence presidential elections and subvert government power across the continent for a decade. Despite a wealth of cybersecurity reporting in recent years, the ability of computer hackers to disrupt the democratic foundation of elections had gone virtually unchronicled. This Bloomberg Businessweek article not only showed it could be done, it took the reader deep inside the operations with a hacker, who put himself in danger by speaking. The ground-breaking story stunned readers, journalists and officials in several countries. And it proved to be a roadmap to the disruption of the U.S. presidential election later in the year, with Russian agents accused of using digital tools to manipulate social media and to produce fake news that influenced public opinion.
  • Voter Patrol

    The NEWS4 I-Team dug through more than 600 phone and email tips to break three major election stories before, during and immediately after the presidential election. About two weeks before the election, we asked viewers to tell us when they saw problems when they voted. The response was immediate. Our two-man team went through every tip and beat out the AP, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and other local stations on the biggest election stories in our area. Our first story revealed absentee ballots sent out in Maryland were missing their second page, which contained the most contested ballot initiatives including legalized gambling, same-sex marriage and the DREAM Act. This story was picked up across the nation and led to statements made by the Maryland Governor and the various interest groups involved in the ballot issues.
  • "Inside Iran"

    Just before Iran's presidential elections, NBC News goes inside the country and takes an in-depth look at the lives of its young people. The report reveals "an Iran unknown to most Americans." It's a place where hostility toward the West is low and the acceptance of differences is high.
  • The Trouble with Touchscreens

    "A seven month investigation of the problems- not only with touch screen voting machines, but possible causes for the paper ballot problems that plagued the U.S. Presidential election in 2000."
  • Investigation of Election Problems

    This series is an extensive look at problems that exist in the election system in Wisconsin. According to this investigation, the state runs a high risk of massive recounts in future presidential elections because of the inaccuracy of the election data and voter registration. What they found were thousands of voters with invalid address, ineligible voters who were allowed to cast their ballots on election day, and polling place log books listing hundreds of people as having voted twice. This series by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel prompted a mayoral task force to investigate election problems in Milwaukee, state-wide audit of the election system, as well as a state-federal investigation into voter fraud.
  • Silent Partners: How political non-profits work the system

    This online story from the Center for Public Integrity looks at the working of the Section 527 Committees. These tax-exempt associations raised and spent almost half-billion dollars in 2003-04. The increase in the fundraising was driven by 53 committees that focus largely on presidential elections.
  • Miscount: An Investigative Series

    This series was an outgrowth of the problems that plagued Florida during the 2000 presidential election. "Scripps Howard News Service spent a year examining voting records from the 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2004 general elections, looking for and finding significant discrepancies between the number of ballots cast and the number of votes counted for major offices." This investigation helped to uncover failures in election procedures, bad ballot designs, misleading voting instructions, as well as a number of mechanical failures in ballot-counting devices.
  • Ralph Nader Is Not Sorry

    Rolling Stone portrays in depth Ralph Nader as a person and a politician, who is "too busy saving the world." The analysis looks at the role he played in the 2001 presidential elections, and reports on how Nader did "precisely what Democrats had feared," since he snared enough votes to give the Oval Office to George W. Bush. The story also sheds light on Nader's relation to his right-hand man, George Farah, and reveals that the latter may be the person to whom Nader will "pass the torch of activism."
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    Atlantic Monthly reports on the increasing influence that suburban areas are playing in presidential elections, and how they have superseded urban and rural areas as the most powerful portion of the national electorate; shows why Republicans have had an edge in the suburbs, and that the Democrats could challenge the GOP by appealling to the middle class, July 1992.