The Nashville filmmaker takes us back to what happened to the vote count of the 2000 election, especially in Ohio, Florida and New Mexico as well as what seems to be a near-repeat in the 2004 elections. Earnhardt reminds us that the 2006 election, although with some change in outcome, would likely have been more successful for Democrats if more careful vote auditing had been in place.
These four men, each in his way, demonstrate "Network" anchorman Howard Beale's attitude: When it comes to election fraud, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore." In each man's case, the film shows there's been a price to pay for the stands they've taken to insure integrity in the future of American elections.
Earnhardt's documentary is well-constructed. It's very easy to follow with good editing, effective music and crystal clear graphics that relate important election statistics as well as definitions to underused words like "undervote."
And as important as that question may be, "UnCounted" also lobbies the viewer to consider that the problem of election fraud is surely a bipartisan concern. I think the film is right about that. When honest Democrats and honest Republicans, alike, give it serious thought, having trust in the integrity of their democracy is what makes it work best.
Don't miss "UnCounted: The New Math for American Elections." And for anyone who says paper trails won't really audit votes well, remind them of how "far off" the bank gets tracking the balance in their ATM account. To be accurate, it takes not more than one penny - or one vote.
FREE showing 2/25/2008 at the Hardesty Library in Tulsa. Doors open at 6 pm, movie starts at 6:30 and is followed by Q&A. More at TulsaTruth.org.
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