To think that every vote actually counts - whether in a national election or for one's favorite "American Idol" contestant - is naive in this computer age. Still, the degree to which votes might not have been counted in presidential and congressional elections is almost too scary to contemplate.
The documentary "Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" maps out a case for electronic-voting errors, combined with too-long lines and a few dirty tricks, helping to skew the 2004 election in favor of George W. Bush. But lest the film seems too partisan or sore-loser-ish, it also notes that problems persisted in the 2006 election dominated by the Democrats.
Most of all, David Earnhardt's s film sets out to be a wake-up call for voters to become more aware of problems associated with the elections process and to help work for change in 2008.
Prospective activists can start their campaign Tuesday evening by watching "Uncounted" at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. Earnhardt will be in attendance and will answer questions from the audience.
The film will play twice - at 5:30 and 8 p.m. For tickets ($10; $8.50 seniors and students), visit the Crest box office, call (800) 225-2277 or click here.