Preparing For A Tense National Election Day

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With one week until the election, there’s been so much talk of rigging, intimidation, hacking the vote. We’ll look at the actual risk, and the impact of the warnings.

Early voters stand by campaign signage as they wait in line at a voting location in Dallas. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Early voters stand by campaign signage as they wait in line at a voting location in Dallas. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

One week from today it's Election Day. A big, consequential election day, with more talk of shenanigans wrapped around it than any in modern history. The supposed triple threat that has been a drumbeat now for weeks. Donald Trump talks ceaselessly of rigging. Hillary Clinton supporters warn intimidation at the polls. And the specter of hacking – maybe Russian – has been raised over everything. The experts say:  just vote. This hour On Point, a reality check on fears of rigging, intimidation and hacking, 2016. — Tom Ashbrook


Josh Meyer, senior reporter for NBC News' investigative unit. (@joshmeyerdc)

Jessica Huseman, senior reporting fellow with ProPublica, where she works with the Electionland project. (@JessicaHuseman)

Howard Fineman, global editorial director for the Huffington Post Media Group. (@howardfineman)

Clint Watts, fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at the George Washington University. Former FBI Special Agent. (@selectedwisdom)

From Tom’s Reading List

NBC News: Feds Concerned About Risk of Violence as Election Day Nears — "Trump supporters held up Clinton 'target practice' posters at a rally in Florida last Monday, with a bulls-eye framing her face. Two days earlier in Virginia Beach, one Trump backer hoisted a plastic Hillary Clinton head on a stick, while others waved target signs. And several weeks ago, two armed Trump supporters protested outside the congressional campaign office of a rural Virginia Democrat, in what they said was a gesture of solidarity with closet supporters of Trump."

ProPublica: Hoax Image of Immigration Officers Arresting Voters Is Making Rounds on Social Media — "An image has begun circulating on Twitter that appears to show an immigration officer arresting someone in line to vote. The image is a hoax, as is the accompanying threatening language directed at Hispanic voters."

Huffinton Post: North Carolina NAACP Sues State Over Voter Suppression -- "The North Carolina NAACP has filed a federal lawsuit to stop county election boards in the state from canceling voter registrations ― in what the group argues is an effort by the state Republican Party to suppress the black vote.Thousands of voter registrations have already been canceled by election boards in Beaufort, Moore and Cumberland counties because a mailing to the voters’ addresses was returned as undeliverable."

This program aired on November 1, 2016.


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