From Joey to Joe: Voting Lessons from 2000 for 2020
Available to stream through September 19
As the 2020 election nears, it’s not just the candidates and issues that we’re all talking about—it’s the voting process itself. Mail-in ballots, absentee voting, purged voter rolls, felony disenfranchisement, and the electoral system itself are under the microscope.
While 2020 is an election year like none other, there are valuable lessons to be learned from the past. Former host of NPR’s All Things Considered Robert Siegel moderates a conversation with US Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD 8th District), longtime chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore Roy Neel, and filmmaker and DC statehood voting rights advocate Aviva Kempner. Looking back to uncertainty surrounding the 2000 election—and its famous butterfly ballots and hanging chads—they examine how far we’ve come (and where we’ve stalled or regressed) as we head into November.
Aviva Kempner’s film Today I Vote for My Joey provides a humorous, insightful, and surprisingly timely starting off point for the discussion. The short 2002 tragi-comedy centers on a feisty group of older Jewish women, and a Haitian nurse setting out to vote for first Jewish VP candidate Joe Lieberman (and finding, to their great dismay, that they’ve registered their support for Pat Buchanan instead!).
Pay-What-You-Choose Ticket includes access to the film I Vote for My Joey and the moderated discussion From Joey to Joe: Voting Lessons from 2000 for 2020. The conversation was recorded on Wednesday, September 9 and will play immediately after the film.