Elections and Voting

American Blackout (2)

2006 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 32m

 

The film chronicles the 2002 defeat, and 2004 reelection, of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney to the U.S. House of Representatives; it also discusses issues surrounding alleged voter disenfranchisement and the use of voting machines in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.

The film focuses heavily on McKinney, and claims that her 2002 loss in a Democratic primary to Denise Majette (who, like McKinney, is African-American) was part of an effort to disenfranchise minority voters. McKinney claims that Republican voters in her district tipped the primary election to Majette. This itself is legal, as Georgia law opens primaries to all voters irrespective of party. After losing, McKinney filed a lawsuit claiming that open primaries are a violation of the 14th Amendment, but a court dismissed the case.

The film also includes civil rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis with a powerful recounting of the march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Also Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders appears in this documentary speaking about the desire of big money to keep voter turnout low.

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Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election

2002, 47 min

This documentary account of the events surrounding the 2000 U.S. presidential election examines the disputed vote in Florida and the myriad legal challenges by both political parties. Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Katherine Harris are portrayed as conspirators in a bid to vault George W. Bush into the presidency through voting irregularities and a flawed recount process. The subsequent Supreme Court decision to halt the recount is viewed as nothing less than an assault on democracy.