ADVISORY: Advance Screening of Electoral Dysfunction Starring Mo Rocca
Contact: Katie Peters
Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, September 19, the Center for American Progress will host a special advance screening of “Electoral Dysfunction,” a feature-length documentary that explores the right to vote. Slated for theatrical release and PBS broadcast in the fall of 2012, the film stars the political humorist Mo Rocca, a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning,” a panelist on NPR’s hit quiz show “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”, and a former correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The film, created by a team of award-winning filmmakers, uses humor and wit to take an irreverent—but nonpartisan—look at voting in America.
After making the eye-opening discovery that the right to vote is missing from the Constitution, Mo Rocca sets out on a road trip to see how voting works—and doesn’t work—in America. Mo investigates the heated battle over Voter ID and voter fraud; searches for the Electoral College; critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; and explores the case of a former felon who was sentenced to 10 years in prison—for the crime of voting.
The film’s findings build upon recent CAP work illustrating how voter suppression efforts have translated into an attack against the right to vote across the country. Conservative legislators have been introducing and passing legislation that creates new barriers for those registering to vote that shortens the early voting period and imposes new requirements for already-registered voters. By manipulating the system, conservative politicians aim to make it harder for millions of eligible voters to cast their ballot; including seniors, college students, low-income voters, and minorities.
A panel discussion and Q&A session will follow the screening.
Bennett Singer, Producer/Director/Writer, “Electoral Dysfunction”
Anne Johnson, Director, Campus Progress
Tara McGuinness, Senior VP for Communications, Center for American Progress; Executive Director, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Landmark E Street Cinema
E Street (between 10th and 11th Streets NW)
Washington, D.C. 20004
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