To the editor:
The film "UNcounted." shown June 2 at Liberty Hall deserves our attention. Voting irregularities in the last three national elections are more than incidents to "just get over."
Our democracy requires that we have confidence every vote will count!
Since the 2000 election, we've had fragments of information about what happened in Florida. Voting discrepancies and irregularities occurred elsewhere and since then as well, but few of us have put it all together.
"UNcounted" puts together information about the undocumented, unverifiable computer results along with an array of other voting irregularities. Just as, if not more, significant has been the passive media behavior. Media executives discouraged, even prevented, informing the public about the extraordinary nature of voting irregularities.
"UNcounted" brings the irregularities together with convincing certainty that the outcome of the 2000 presidential election was rigged as were elections in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Now the same corporate and political influences are in position to repeat in 2008.
More than a Democratic or Republican issue, voting irregularities is an issue for our democracy. What the Republicans were able to do so successfully this past decade, the Democrats have done in the past and could do again with similar distorted results.
"UNcounted" is a film worth viewing and taking seriously. It is imperative that citizens insist that every computer vote has paper documentation and that every vote cast will be a vote that is counted!
Our democracy must be able to assume that each of us will have confidence that our vote will count!
Forrest and Donna Swall,