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Election Day 2006 – Thoughts from the People

Friday, February 9th, 2007

We’re still alive here. Belated, but here; we just got this in from some engaged citizens who took their cameras out on Election Day 2006. Working two different neighborhoods in Manhattan- one of its wealthiest, and one of its least financially prosperous- the two teams get an informative and honest impression of the different pressures and pleasures of voting for the residents of each area. Not everything people say is what you’d expect, but the takeaway is clear: there are a LOT of people- of all demographics- for whom single-day voting (which is how we still roll in NY, unfortunately) is inconvenient, and if you have other demands in your life and lack the means to easily deal with them (i.e., affording a babysitter is difficult, or your work schedule is inflexible) those challenges become all the more difficult to surmount.

Big thanks to Penny Abeywardena, Valentina Ramia, Cyrus Dugger, Sarah Solon, and Emily Carmichael for taking to the streets to get this footage. And also to Cary McClelland for the very generous donation of the editing equipment and services required to bring the mini-doc to completion.

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