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CNN10 2020-02-26

CNN 10

Italy Grapples with Hundreds of Corona Virus Cases; New Voting Tech is Tested in America's 30th State; Some Tennessee Lawmakers Spend A Day in Wheelchairs

Aired February 26, 2020 - 04:00:00 聽 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Question, how do you find objective news coverage paired with some ghastly fun all delivered in 10 minutes? Answer, this is CNN 10 and I'm Carl Azuz, happy to have you along for the ride. It's been a rollercoaster ride for international stocks this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index of 30 important American stocks, fell hundreds of points on Monday and Tuesday. Japan's Nikkei index dipped more than three percent. Key Australian stocks dropped 1.6 percent. Indexes were also down in Germany and London. Stocks seeming to drop as the Earth spun around.

The main culprit for this is a disease outbreak that started in Wuhan, China late last year. The new corona virus is not as widespread or deadly as the flu but it's mysterious. International health officials aren't sure how it started. They don't know exactly how it spreads. They're not certain how contagious people are when they get it. Because of all that, they've had to resort to serious measures to try and contain it. Closures, cancellations, lockdowns and quarantines are some of those measures. In Italy, which has seen the worst outbreak in Europe, at least 322 people have caught the new corona virus and 11 have died.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Italian authorities continue to monitor and to try to prevent the spread of corona virus here in what is the first outbreak outside of Asia. Eleven towns under quarantine with some 100,000 people effected by that. Italian authorities have had to put in special measures so ensure that those quarantines are respected with laws designed to keep people in and to keep people out. A three month sentence looms if anyone tries to disobey those quarantine rules.

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AZUZ: There's been an impact on tourism. We've talked about the cruise ship in Japan where there've been hundreds of cases. On Tuesday, there were lockdowns and isolations in hotels in Austria and the Canary Islands because guests who traveled there from Italy initially tested positive for corona virus. All public and private schools are closed for two weeks in Bahrain where there've been 26 cases so far. Iran has seen dozens of cases and planned military exercises between the United States and South Korea were expected to be scaled back because of concerns about the disease. So as the new corona virus has spread around the globe, it's had a myriad of impacts on the different societies it's hit.

10 Second Trivia. On May 29th, 1848 which state became the 30th to be admitted to the union? Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, or Oregon. America's dairy land aka Wisconsin is the 30th state.

And though the state's 2020 presidential primaries for Republicans and Democrats aren't scheduled until April 7th, a town in Wisconsin has been testing out a new technology related to voting. It's something that could make critics skeptical as technology was at the heart of the problems in the Iowa caucuses on February 3rd. People had trouble with the Smartphone application there as well as a call in line and other issues. But this is another example of how organizations are trying to streamline and secure the voting process.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is where the election guard magic happens because we insert the guard here and it prints the ballot. That same moment the device is connected to this tablet are encrypting your data. We're not saying that election guard makes it impossible to hack voting machines.

We're saying it makes it pointless to hack voting machines. We're right outside the town hall for the town of Fulton, Wisconsin.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Fulton doesn't have a bank, a post office or even a grocery store but today, this town of just over 3,000 residents is testing the latest voting security technology in a statewide election.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The grand vision of election guard is to make elections more safe, secure and trustworthy than they have ever been in the history of the United States.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Microsoft says ballots are encrypted electronically the moment they're cast and stay that way. The system can then tally those encrypted votes without ever deciphering them and even more importantly it means hackers should have a harder time tampering with those votes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're building a world class vault that your vote goes into and we're wrapping it with a tamper proof seal. If somebody successfully hacked into the system, if they can break into that vault the technology would then reveal that something had happened and the election officials can make sure that the vote is accurate.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You here to vote? So there's a slightly different voting process going on today.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Here in Fulton, voters are using a tablet to make their selections and saving them on a card. When they insert that card here, their vote is encrypted and a paper duplicate prints automatically. None of this hardware is connected to the internet.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I came in expecting the little pencils and you know, forms with the little dots and it wasn't like that at all.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Election guard will work with paper as a primary source. It will work as the back up but it will also work in the system that has no paper ballot at all.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And that's important. There are more than 10,000 election jurisdictions in the United States and no universal voting system.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Here in Wisconsin, each of our 1,850 cities, towns and villages run their own elections and so class (ph) is a huge factor.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The Microsoft team wouldn't say how much it spent on the election guard project but it's clear this isn't a profit play. Anyone can download the open source software for free.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's absolutely core to our democracy that people know that when they vote, their vote counts.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A recent Gallop poll found that 59 percent of Americans lack confidence in the honesty of U.S. elections.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think one of the largest challenges that's facing the election that go this year is misinformation. It doesn't take an actual breech or an actual hack of a system. It just takes a rumor to undermine someone's confidence.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's why a core feature election guard is voter confirmation. Fulton's official results came from a hand count of the paper duplicates.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It also resulted in the exact same numbers from the tally from the machine.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The encrypted tally from election guard matched. And for the first time, voters could use a unique code to verify that their vote was counted.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Your vote was counted.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you have to be a software engineer to understand the significance in this?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Voters will believe in the technology when they see that it works and that it works consistently. We're really optimistic and hopeful that in the 2024 election cycle, many votes in the United States will be cast using election guard technology.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But in the wake of public debacles like the app meltdown in Iowa's Democratic caucuses - -

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is an awkward moment.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: - - many officials and voters might be wary of new technology from private companies. Do you think private tech companies are the answer to securing our democracy?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We need the public sector and we need the private sector working together to solve these problems.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I voted and I hope it counted.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can talk to you for hours and hours about the difficulties people in wheelchairs face on a daily basis. Until you actually sit in a chair, you will never fully understand. Together we can change the world one challenge at a time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have no experience with a wheelchair.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Even in a building that's handicapped assessable, still you bump into doors. You bump into walls. Some of the doors become very heavy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They can influence things. They can help people achieve more independence.

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AZUZ: When you think of road hazards in Washington State, this doesn't come to mind. It also doesn't come when you call it. So multiple wildlife agencies had to work together to trap this 500 pound sea lion. Officials say it likely took several wrong turns after leaving the river and that's how it wound up in a wooded area miles away from its water source. The sea lion was relocated to the Columbia River after it was trapped. I'd say they did a "stellar" job. Oh the animal might have "blubbered" about it but they didn't say cry me a river. They just took it to one and once its fate and safety were "sealed". We're sure the "otter" creatures "walrushhhhed" over to hear some of its "roar some" adventures as a "pin pedestrian".

Whew! On yesterday's show at You Tube.com/cnn10 we got a comment from Battiest High School in Battiest, Oklahoma. Let's go panthers. Thank you all for watching. I'm Carl Azuz for CNN.

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