"...tersely sobering documentary...mounts its case with hardheaded numerical logic."
- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“The year’s scariest movie...."Stealing" will send you out of the theater terrified for the future of democracy in America.”
- HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Stealing America: Vote by Vote does for American democracy what An Inconvenient Truth did for global warming."
- FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
SOURCE: THE NEW MEXICAN
STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote
by Jonathan Richards
What if the Grinch stole democracy? According to this powerful, infuriating, and terrifying new documentary by Dorothy Fadiman, he already has.
Electronic voting, with its paperless, trailless, secretive records, has provided a chilling modernist touch to that old American pastime, stealing elections. With a few well-chosen keystrokes, a hacker in a remote location can change the outcome of an election.
Two companies, Diebold and ES&S, control 80% of the nation’s electronic voting. In the 2004 presidential election, Fadiman documents staggering numbers of overvotes (more votes than people voting), undervotes (vice versa), flipped votes (“I pressed the button for Kerry, and it registered Bush”), and voters in minority precincts in Ohio standing in line 9 hours and more to vote, while affluent precincts averaged 18 minutes.
New Mexico, which led the nation in undervotes per capita, is one of about a dozen states that have since taken the lead in restoring accountable paper trails to voting.
As former Republican Presidential candidate Pete McCloskey says, democracy shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We need to have confidence that the people we elect are the ones who take office.
This will be the most important movie you’ll see this year.