The vast majority of Denverites won’t be voting in today’s municipal election.
Of the minority that choose to vote, most have either mailed in their ballots or dropped them off, eager to wash their hands of this civic duty. But for the few who can’t get enough of municipal Election Day, tonight, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will be hosting a screening of “Electoral Dysfunction,” a 2012 documentary about the war on voting since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“It’s a nationally acclaimed documentary that’s won several awards and looks at several issues around access to voting and our country’s voting system — some of the things that are good about it and some of the things that are not so good,” said John Krieger of ACLU Colorado.
In the documentary, political humorist Mo Rocca of Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me and Daily Show fame travels the United States trying to figure out why the Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. On the way, he meets vote-hungry pols, disenfranchised citizens and advocates trying ensure integrity in the electoral process.
“It’s a road-trip around the country. It includes interviews with activists, experts and children. He exposes some of the really absurd things about the electoral college and the way in which we run national elections and also looks at these local issues of people trying to both expand access to voting and to restrict it,” said Krieger.
The screening takes place tonight, at 7:30 p.m., at the SIE FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver. Tickets cost $5 and include a free drink or concession.