Note from David Earnhardt, "Uncounted" filmmaker: Each week until the election we will release a clip from UNCOUNTED because now, more than ever, people need to see stories that will motivate them to stand up and help save our democracy. Please spread these clips around - to the bleary-eyed and the overworked and the uninspired and the skeptical. This week we offer the story of whistleblower, Clint Curtis, who did more than simply recognize the right thing to do.
WEEK 2: Million Dollar Programmer
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"Mr. Curtis," said the questioner at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee proceedings, "are there programs that can be used to secretly fix elections?"
And so begins the story of Cint Curtis - computer programmer, Floridian, Republican - who was asked by the company he worked for to create a vote-rigging software prototype that he assumed would be used to try and "catch" would-be fraudsters. It was a standard "opposition research" assignment - or so he was told. The truth, of course, was something completely different and weaves into a tangled web the 2000 Presidential Election debacle, a now-sitting U.S. Congressman, and the number one threat to our national security - electronic voting.
Clint's story doesn't end with his resignation from his former company. Nor does it end with the offer of one million dollars to simply go away.
No, Clint Curtis' story ends with his taping up his hands, putting on his gloves, and a-bobbing and a-weaving right straight into that big ol' boxing ring that sits smack in the middle of the political arena.
And because he grew up thinking you're supposed to do the right thing regardless of party affiliation, Clint is still fighting to this day.
Clint Curtis knows that there are secret software programs that can be used to fix elections. How? Because he built one. And he also believes that there are people who will use these programs to try and fix elections. Why? Because he blew the whistle on one. Lastly, Clint understands that the number one threat to our democracy is electronic voting machines. Where? All over the country.
(Photo: Clint Curtis Testifies. Say it, Brother!)