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Why Diebold's Disreputable Distinction is Dead On Deserved

Message Mary Mancini

July 23, 2008

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 David v. Goliath story of Bruce Funk, whose whistleblowing helped give Diebold their well-deserved reputation.

WEEK 3: Why Diebold's Disreputable Distinction is Dead On Deserved

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Ex-Emory County, Utah County Clerk, Bruce Funk, is the kind of man you wish was your grandfather - soft-spoken, kind, and able to recognize what has been called "the nuclear bomb of security flaws" in Diebold's electronic voting machines.

Unfortunately, even though he blew the whistle in time to make a significant difference in the 2006 election, he was still treated as a pariah instead of a hero and removed from his office.

Citizen Funk, unfortunately, is a rare bird. But imagine if he wasn't? Imagine if every county clerk and election commissioner followed his lead and made the integrity of our elections their number one priority. Imagine if they all realized that asking pertinent and thorough questions about the security of our voting equipment is part of the awesome responsiblity that is their job. Imagine if they didn't consider the fallout from doing the right thing.

Bruce Funk has every right to be a bitter man. Instead, he can't think of anything more important to do with his life than to continue to work to save our democracy.

See? Just like your grandfather...



Bruce Funk will be the special guest at a Salt Lake City screening of Uncounted hosted by the Salt Lake City Film Center at the Fort Douglas Post Theatre, University of Utah, on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 7 pm. Bruce will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.

Mary Mancini
Co-producer, UNCOUNTED

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