As we finish up this tumultuous primary season and head into the general election, "Mayday" is the emergency code word and international signal for distress that should be on everyone's lips. For as much progress as we've made on the issue of election integrity, come November we are still only a Supreme Court decision or state law away from your precious vote being denied, lost, or altered.
Photo by: Pittsburgh Independent Media Center
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We can feel it as much as you - that sense of urgency and trepidation as the threat of another bungled presidential election breathes down our necks. But it's actually the people we've met and the successes we've had that has kept us going for the last 4 months - and will keep us going for the next seven:
We've traveled to 30 cities - including extended tours in Arizona, North Carolina, California, and Oregon - and partnered with national, state and local election integrity groups* to use the film as a tool to help shed some much-needed light on the systemic problems inherent in our elections. That's almost 10,000 people who have heard the wake-up call.
We've launched a blog and a listserv to keep everyone updated more frequently;
In addition to our online sales via the website, UNCOUNTED will be available at retail outlets and online retailers as of August 26, 2008.
Power in Numbers
In the words of Jay-Z (hey, if Obama can reference him then we can too), "Hold up...stop wait...reverse the tape. We can't stop, won't stop..." No, we won't stop! Because we know, as you do, that there is undeniable, documented proof that millions of votes have gone uncounted in every major election of this past decade. We also know that the mainstream and corporate media, the people in charge of elections, and even elected officials and politicians refuse to talk about it. Our "do-it-yourself" approach of organizing UNCOUNTED screenings all across the country is working, but time is running out and we need to move faster! Here's what you can do to help disseminate this critical information before election day in November:
Give those "any excuse for a party" friends and family you have an excuse for one! Sign up to host an UNCOUNTED house party at Brave New Theaters, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange one through Progressive Democrats of America.
Save the date of September 9. UNCOUNTED at the American Film Institute in Washington, DC. If The Man won't come to UNCOUNTED, then UNCOUNTED will take it to The Man. Stay tuned...
The UNCOUNTED Fight Song
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Fight! UNCOUNTED, fight on! Fight with all your might! Since students are a voter block most susceptible to disenfranchisement, this fall we will bring the issue to them. If you are interested in having UNCOUNTED in your college town this fall, contact Mary Mancini at email@example.com or 615-327-0600.
Thanks so much for being a part of the effort to protect the vote!
David Earnhardt Producer/director/writer, UNCOUNTED: The New Math of American Elections