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Funny how ACORN is not even mentioned in this "award winning" documentary about election fraud.

  • Jan 14, 2009
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Over the past several years I have read a number of books concerned with the fairness of elections in this nation.  It seems that people on all sides of the political spectrum are extremely suspicious of the process....and with good reason.  And so with all of this in mind I thought it might be interesting to take a look at David Earnhardt's award winning 2007 documentary "Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections".   What I had hoped would be a balanced and comprehensive look at the myriad problems with the way we conduct elections in this country turned out to resemble a film that was bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee.  In short, I was really disappointed with what I saw.

There were two recurring themes in "Uncounted".  First of all, there were numerous complaints about the new electronic voting machines that were have been introduced in precincts all over America.  The major complaint is that these machines are easily manipulated and that there are no paper ballots available to conduct a meaningful recount when needed.  From all that I have read about the subject this is a valid concern.  A number of people in the film recommend an electronic voting system called TruVote which would compile the votes electronically but would also produce a paper receipt that each voter could verify and then deposit into a ballot box so there would be a printed record of each vote.  Great idea but not one state in the nation has chosen to purchase the TruVote system to date!  That's too bad!  It seems to me that in our haste to assist the media in getting the fastest returns possible on election night we have opted to utilize some very dubious equipment.  The film also charges that there is a deliberate attempt to suppress voting in poor and minority neighborhoods and fixes the blame squarely on the Republican party.  Keep in mind that in most states the Board of Elections is bipartisan by statute to ensure that this sort of thing won't happen.

Now the other complaint that I saw over and over again is that President Bush stole the election in a number of states because the exit polling did not match the final tally in some states.  This is pure hogwash!   The only vote that matters is the one that was cast in the voting booth.  For a variety of very sound reasons many voters are unwilling to reveal how they actually voted to some stringer accosting them outside the polling place.  How one voted is really nobody's business and I for one wish the networks and newspapers would stop this annoying practice.  Another example of media attempting to make the news rather than report it!   In addition, absolutely no mention was made in this film about some of the other election issues that many conservative and Republican voters are concerned about.  Most reasonable Americans simply cannot fathom why groups like the NAACP, the ACLU and the Democratic party itself rail against the idea of requiring potential voters to present valid identification on Election Day.  Those who support this proposition are labelled as "racist" by liberals and their friends in the media. Meanwhile, groups like ACORN perpetrate massive voter fraud via so-called voter registration drives.   And they have been pulling this stuff for years!  Then there are other schemes like same-day registration, greatly relaxed rules for absentee balloting and voting by mail that seem to lend themselves to greatly increased amounts of voter fraud.  Now if some of these important issues been acknowledged and addressed in this film I would have taken it far more seriously.

We definitely have serious problems with voting in this country.  Any reasonable person would acknowledge that these problems are not confined exclusively to either side of the political spectrum.  As such, "Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" is not a film that I can recommend to general audiences.  If you are a dyed-in-the wool Democrat then "Uncounted" is merely preaching to the choir.  For just about anyone else this one is largely a waste of your time.  One has to wonder just who it was that was handing out these awards.     A big thumbs down!

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January 14, 2009
I think it's great you watched the film in its entirety, despite your feeling that it is biased towards liberals. I usually like watching documentaries or getting my news from conservative sources because it's always good to expose yourself to what your opposites feel is the truth about the same thing you may view differently. I'll check out the film, and thanks for highlighting some of the main points for us!
 
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Electoral fraud is illegal interference with the process of an election. Acts of fraud tend to involve affecting vote counts to bring about a desired election outcome, whether by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, or both. Exactly what constitutes electoral fraud under law varies from country to country; methods which are illegal in one country may not be in another. Many kinds of voter fraud are outlawed in specific electoral legislation, but others are in violation of more general laws such as those banning assault, harrassment or libel. Although technically the term 'electoral fraud' covers only those acts which are specifically illegal, the term is sometimes used to describe acts which, although legal, are considered to be morally unacceptable, outside the spirit of electoral laws or in violation of the principles of democracy. Show elections, in which only one candidate has a real chance of winning, are sometimes considered to be electoral fraud although they may comply fully with local laws.

Especially with national elections, successful electoral fraud can have the effect of a coup d'├ętat or corruption of democracy. In a narrow election a small amount of fraud may be enough to change the overall outcome. However even if the outcome is not affected fraud can still have a damaging effect if not punished, as it can reduce voters' confidence in democracy. Even the perception of fraud can be damaging as it ...

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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: August 26, 2008
Runtime: 81 minutes
Studio: The Disinformation Company

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