Yesterday at lunch we were lucky to host Ian Inaba and the team from Video the Vote, one of our new grantees through Citizen Engagement Lab. I first became acquainted with Ian’s work back in 2006 when we sponsored an in-house screening of his documentary American Blackout, which chronicled the highly-suspect 2004 elections irregularities in Ohio. It’s very very powerful and disturbing work.
By mobilizing monitors to polling sites, Video the Vote continues to capture what are at best inefficient and inconsistent elections administration practices, and at worst very upsetting trends in voter suppression. Ian shared a few sample videos with us and discussed their plans and partnerships for this year’s elections. Establishing broader awareness of these issues is critical to ensuring the intergrity of our voting process. They’re nonpartisan and need volunteers! Check ’em out!