Starring: Mo Rocca
If, back in 2012, Mo Rocca (a correspondent for CBS News, a panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me! and a former Correspondent for The Daily Show), hosted a documentary of sorts entitled Electoral Dysfunction that used irreverent humor to illuminate how voting actually works — and doesn’t work — in America. The film is structured as a road trip that begins when Rocca makes an eye-opening discovery, that the U.S. Constitution does not actually guarantee anyone the right to vote. Yep, you read that right, the constitution does not actually guarantee anyone in the U.S. the right to vote. Needless to say, this puts us in the esteemed company of countries like Libya, Iran, and Indonesia.
Rocca then goes on to explore the battle over voter fraud and voter I.D. laws as he searches for the Electoral College. Then he critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; and goes on to encounter experts and activists across the political spectrum who offer commentary on why our voting system is broken and how it can be fixed. The entire documentary is done with the same lighthearted approach that Rocca used in his The Daily Show days even as his subject matter is very serious.
Ultimately, he delivers an excellent and very all-encompassing report on what the Electoral College is, how it works, why it was put into place, and what we as citizen can do about getting it invalidated and ensuring that it is the popular vote and not a bunch of non-elected individuals, get to actually elect the President of the United States. The film in its entirety can be downloaded from Itunes.
Robert J. Sodaro has been writing professionally for some 30+ years. He came of age not only watching TV, but reading comicbooks and going to the movies. Subscribe to receive regular articles and reviews about TV programs.