Need to Know, October 26, 2012: The voter fraud debate, opposition research in the digital age and Dean Obeidallah

This week's host Maria Hinojosa

This week, Need to Know’s Rick Karr reports on controversial changes to election rules in the battleground state of Florida–will they root out voter fraud or keep legitimate voters from the polls?

Also, a conversation with James Carter, the man behind the infamous ’47′%’ video, who, like other amateur opposition researchers, is harnessing the power of the Internet to upend campaigns.

And from our “American Voices” series, comedian Dean Obeidallah on one group of voters that no one seems to be courting.

What’s on this week:

Ballot boxing

Need to Know’s Rick Karr reports on controversial changes to election rules in the battleground state of Florida.

Behind ‘the 47 percent’ video

James Carter, the man behind the infamous ’47′%’ video, discusses amateur opposition researchers, who are harnessing the power of the internet to upend campaigns.

American Voices

Comedian Dean Obeidallah on one group of voters that no one seems to be courting.

More to explore:

Ask the experts: Voter ID

As the presidential campaigns wind down and voting begins in earnest in less than two weeks, much of the conversation has turned from polls and debates to the mechanics of voting.

Swing state Florida has toughest ex-felon voting rules in the nation

In this election cycle, one in ten Florida adults — and nearly one in four African Americans — cannot vote because of a prior felony conviction.

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Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.d.hemphill Michael Diamein Hemphill

    Voter fraud is inevitable when no one verifies who you say you are.

  • Mac29

    Perhaps you’re right and maybe the amount of fraud is so miniscule that it doesn’t affect the vast majority of races. If states raise impediments to legitimate voters I question the practice and it’s real motives. Witness: the laws passed in my state, Florida, produced huge huge lines that lasted for hours and realistically, caught few if any “fraudulent voters”, plus I believe these laws were and are a political means for suppressing certain demographic groups. It’s a double-edged sword on it’s best day.