Hanover College to screen PBS documentary tonight
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 9:00 AM
Hanover College will present a screening of Mo Rocca's new PBS documentary, "Electoral Dysfunction," which uses humor to take an irreverent but nonpartisan look at voting in America.
Hosted by Rocca, a political humorist and correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning" and "The Daily Show," "Electoral Dysfunction" examines the election of 2008 and highlights the efforts of Democrat Mike Marshall and Hanover graduate Dee Dee Benkie, a Republican, to get out the vote in Southern Indiana.
Free and open to the public, the screening will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall at Lynn Center for Fine Arts. After the showing, Benkie, Marshall and filmmaker David Deschamps will have a question and answer session.
The 90-minute film is one of five selected for screenings at both the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions.
In the film, Rocca discovers the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. He sets out to learn why the Founding Fathers deliberately omitted the right to vote from the Constitution and how our democracy has a dysfunctional voting system. His quest leads him to Indiana, which has some of the strictest voting laws in the country.
As Rocca progresses on his road trip, he meets two impassioned Hoosiers, Benkie and Marshall, who take him inside their efforts to turn out the vote. He also critiques ballot design, investigates the heated battle over voter identification and fraud, explores the case of a person sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crime of voting, and meets reformers working to bring fairness to the election system.
"Electoral Dysfunction" is a presentation of WTTW National Productions. A companion book by Victoria Bassetti is being published by The New Press.