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Counting on Democracy [2004] Danny Schechter

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Counting On Democracy: The Untold Story Of 175,000 Missing Votes In The 2000 Presidential Election [A Danny Schechter Film] The 2000 United States presidential election in Florida took place on November 7, 2000 as part of the greater 2000 United States presidential election. Florida, a swing state, had a major recount dispute that took center stage in the election. The outcome of the 2000 United States presidential election was not known for more than a month after balloting, because of the extended process of counting and then recounting of Florida presidential ballots. State results tallied on election night gave 246 electoral votes to Republican candidate George W. Bush and 255 to Democratic nominee Al Gore. In the Supreme Court case of Bush v. Gore, by a 5-4 vote, the Court ruled in favor of ending the recounting of votes in Florida and appointed Bush as President of the United States. There was never an investigation as to whether or not election fraud took place. The story of what happened in Florida during the 2000 Bush-Gore presidential race plays like a drama in many acts. From election night, when the three networks erroneously called the state before the polls closed, to 36 days later when the Supreme Court made the highly controversial decision to halt the recount and call the election for George W. Bush, Americans were stunned by what they saw. Before the fiasco in Florida, most Americans assumed that the votes they cast would be counted in accordance with one of the fundamental principles of American democracy, yet 175,000 votes cast in that state, largely by the working poor and people of color, were uncounted. COUNTING ON DEMOCRACY asserts that a systematic pattern of behavior on the part of the state's various election boards, overseen by a compromised elections department, resulted in a myriad of lost votes. What emerges is a shocking but very clear picture of political interests cynically ignoring and overriding the will of voters. As 1960s Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis says in the film, "People struggled, people died for the right to vote. And there are people saying we should forget about it, we shouldn't make too much of it. How can you sweep it under the rug like it didn't happen? It did happen." Directed by Danny Schechter Produced by Globalvision Produced by Faye M. Anderson and Danny Schechter Written and reported by Faye M. Anderson Narrated by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee