Friday, September 12, 2008

 

Stealing America: Vote by Vote

At the Netroots Nation conference in Austin this July, we got a sneak preview of the documentary Stealing America: Vote by Vote. Tonight, it opens in San Francisco (Lumiere), Berkeley (Shattuck), San Jose (Camera 12) and Jupiter, Florida (Cobb). The filmmaker's website has details on future engagements, as well as DVD ordering info. The filmmaker will also be attending the 7:00pm showing tonight at the Lumiere Theatre, 1572 California @ Polk, in San Francisco.

We all remember the "hanging chads" fiasco from Florida in the 2000 Presidential election, but that is by no means the full extent of shady dealings that have justifiably eroded confidence in the fairness and accuracy of our elections. The litany is downright depressing, from the last two Alabama gubernatorial elections to the mysterious shortage of voting stations in minority precincts in Ohio in 2004 to the unlawful purge of people who merely had similar names to convicted felons in Florida, and many more that I'll be reminded of tonight at the screening.

Stealing America: Vote by Vote is definitely not a "feel-good" movie, but it's a "must-see" all the same.

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