VideoTheVote Releases Footage of Major Problems on Election Day
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Video the Vote has released a series of video reports about the 2008 election. The reports highlight machine breakdowns, registration problems, and other voting issues. While the meltdowns that marred 2000 and 2004 did not occur this year, these reports illustrate that significant changes still need to be made to the electoral process.
Registration problems suggest need for overhaul of registration system Numerous voters were unable to cast ballots because of registration problems, suggesting the need to rethink registration nationwide. Their experience is a sharp contrast to a video from North Dakota, which shows what voting looks like in the only state without registration.
Students face unnecessary obstacles to voting Student voters turned out in record numbers in 2008. But on their way to the polls they faced numerous obstacles: misleading information from election officials, problems registering at college addresses, long lines, and even a deceptive text message telling them to vote on November 5.
Video the Vote was created by Ian Inaba of the Guerrilla News Network, John Ennis of Shoot First, and James Rucker of ColorOfChange.org. The three originally sought to provide a platform to help independent filmmakers coordinate their efforts on Election Dayâ€”documenting election problems and pushing those stories into the mainstream media.