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“The notion of stolen elections is something we
assign to Third World countries but not to this beacon of
freedom and democracy that we like to view ourselves as.”
~ Bernie Ellis, Election integrity activist
Our election process is a mess. Many of us consider voting
to be a sacred act – core to our identity as a country – and
something we all embrace as individuals. The notion is
simple: you vote, and your vote gets counted. Yet, in every
election, millions of votes go uncounted. Why and how
does this happen?
UNCOUNTED is a journey through our dysfunctional election
process – exploring the many different ways that our vote
doesn’t get counted. Everything from the intimidation of
minority voters - to voting machines that don’t work - to
voters being denied the right to vote – to a national media
that ignores and even makes excuses for what is wrong with
the election system.
Much of UNCOUNTED searches for answers to a fundamental
question about our most recent presidential election: was it
stolen and if so, how was it stolen?
Like many Americans and others around the world, filmmaker
David Earnhardt spent Election Night 2004 watching the
results come in. The exit polls earlier in the day had
indicated an easy Kerry victory with George W. Bush’s
popularity ratings at an all-time low. But as the night went
on, the official results started turning toward Bush – and
by midnight, it appeared that Bush would win. After John
Kerry conceded early the next day, the national media never
questioned the results and turned a deaf ear to the many
questions being raised by the public:
• Was there a concerted effort to suppress votes?
• Were the votes correctly counted?
• Did the rise of electronic voting and its documented lack
of security allow for easy manipulation of the vote total?
• Why were the exit polls, which had been pinpoint accurate
for 40 years, suddenly wrong in predicting a Kerry victory?
• Why were nearly 2 million people who tried to vote, told that they were not on the voter registration
• Perhaps most important – why was the national media,
almost without exception, ignoring these serious and
substantive issues in the
months following George W. Bush’s
These questions fueled a two-year journey for filmmaker
David Earnhardt that led to the 2006 mid-term election where
many of the same illegal and unethical tactics remained
unchecked by election officials and by the media. UNCOUNTED
tackles these critical issues that threaten the very core of
our democracy – our vote.