Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Country We Pretend to Be

To continue reflections on the nature of voting in the United States, I've viewed the documentary Hacking Democracy (available on You Tube or Netflix), which features some fine investigative journalism by Bev Harris. Harris unravels the mysteries of how votes are recorded in the United States and finds enough evidence of misconduct and fraud to suggest that election results are far from accurate. (Also, included? Excellent footage of dumpster diving. Legal and apparently where many of the votes go.) I went to bed convinced of an enormous gulf between the country we pretend to be and the country we really are.

You might also want to read How Safe is Your Election Ballot? in Yes! Magazine for additional coverage on issues with institutionalization of voter fraud, particularly in New Mexico.