Electoral Dysfunction: Monday, Nov. 5 at 10p on WOSU TV

This documentary uses humor to take an irreverent but nonpartisan look at voting in America. The film stars political humorist Mo Rocca, a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” and panelist on NPR’s hit quiz show Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!.  The film opens as Rocca makes an eye-opening discovery: the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. He then sets out to learn why the Founding Fathers deliberately omitted the right to vote from the Constitution and to understand the consequences of this decision.

His quest leads him to Indiana, which has the strictest voting laws in the country. He meets two impassioned local activists, Republican Dee Dee Benkie of Versailles and Democrat Mike Marshall of North Vernon, who take him inside their efforts to turn out every vote. As he progresses on his journey, Rocca gets to know a former felon who mistakenly believed she was disenfranchised for life and attends the meeting of Indiana’s delegation to the Electoral College. He critiques the ballot design with Todd Oldham and encounters a range of activists, experts and election administrators.  The best part is Rocca’s encounter with a class of  highly opinionated third graders, who offer commentary on how voting works or doesn’t work  in America.  On the eve of election night, here’s a light-hearted look at the process that’s been going on for a very long time!