Uncounted US Election 2008 News & Alerts
Uncounted News & Alerts
Join Reverend Jesse Jackson, Tom Hayden, Barbara Ehrenreich, Manning Marable, Norman Solomon, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Van Jones, Holly Near, Emily Levy, Jim Hightower, Mark Crispin Miller, Uncounted filmmaker David Earnhardt, and nearly 80 other leading voting rights advocates and sign the "No More Stolen Elections" Pledge. The No More Stolen Elections Pledge is designed to mobilize concerned citizens in preparation for a possible repeat of Florida, 2000, and Ohio, 2004. It states:
"I remember Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004, and I am willing to take action in 2008 if the election is stolen again. I support efforts to protect the right to vote leading up to and on Election Day, November 4th. I pledge to join nationwide pro-democracy protests starting on November 5th, either in my community, in key states where fraud occurred, or in Washington, D.C.. I pledge: No More Stolen Elections!"
John Nichols writing in The Nation recently explained his reasons for signing the pledge, writing that, "The 2000 presidential election was an in-broad-daylight assault on both the concept of democracy and its practice in the United States."
Read more and sign the pledge at NoMoreStolenElections.org
Uncounted Punk Rocks the Vote
When Pinch, drummer for the seminal and socially conscious punk rock band The Damned, emailed us last week, he made us an offer we couldn't refuse. Would you like to expose 10,000+ potential voters to the issue of election integrity?
Why, yes, thank you. So, starting tonight in San Francisco, and for the first week of band's west coast tour, Uncounted will play from when the doors open, to the first band, and at every interval until it has finished. Pinch's hope, and now ours too, is that the film will encourage the "inactive/passive American to become a proactive/demonstrative voter who demands their voice was heard and doesn't just become another hanging chad or broken machine voter."
If you're in Cali, check out the most entertaining screenings of Uncounted ever. EVER.
Tuesday, October 28 at Slims, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, October 29 at Blank Club, San Jose, CA
Thuursday, October 30 at House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA
Friday, October 31, House Of Boos, Hollywood, CA
Saturday, November 1, House Of Blues, San Diego, CA
Sunday, November 2, Downtown Brew, San Luis Obispo, CA
How to See Uncounted if You Can’t Make it to a Punk Rock Concert
As you know, Uncounted is screening on Starz at many set times in October, twice on Election Day eve (Monday, 11/3, Starz Edge at 9:40am and 7:35pm) and four times on Election Day (Tuesday, 11/4, Starz Cinema at 11:45am and 8:35pm - other times tba). What you might not know is that if you have Comcast cable you can also watch Uncounted ON DEMAND. Yep - why wait until election day? Have you friends and family over TONIGHT! Or, better yet, invite a bunch of people over on Halloween, and tell them you're going to watch the scariest Halloween movie EVER.
I can even envision the Halloween-themed snacks you'll make to entice them...Diebold Dip? Hand Counted Paper Ballot Brownies? Pennsylvania Pumpkin Pie? The possibilities are endless!
UPDATED: Stop, Drop and Poll- What to Do if You Have Problems Voting
Greetings to you, lovers of participatory democracy! This year's presidential election has already begun (early voting in more than 30 states!) and reports of problems at the polls have started to surface. VotersUnite.org keeps a running list which includes faulty equipment, intimidation, long lines or other forms of systematic disenfranchisement, the dissemination of misinformation, and inadequate procedures and systems.
Although most of you will not have any problems at the polls this year, disenfranchisement can creep up on you like Michael Myers on Laurie Strode, so please take the time to read the 10 suggestions listed below to prepare yourself. (And for goodness sake, don't go in the basement!)
UNCOUNTED Clip of the Week: The Powerful and Obnoxious Odor of Provisional Ballots
In this clip from Uncounted, Ohio citizen Bobby Jackson, who was forced to vote provisionally in 2004, sends out a heartfelt plea for participatory democracy - despite his vote not counting. "I guess I'll vote next time too," he says, "'cause people fought and died for my right to vote...and I know that..." Please help spread this clip and its message, along with with Mr. Kennedy's and Mr. Palast's timely and specific instructions, and help, in the words of Mr. Jackson, "make it right..."