This month, two films addressing voter suppression will be screened via Zoom to help educate Hoosiers on the voting barriers that affect people of color, students, and the disabled.
The films are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County, the Monroe County branch of the NAACP, the Unitarian Universalist Racial Justice Task Force, the Monroe County Women’s Commission, and Trinity Episcopal Church.
Suppressed: The Fight to Vote shares the stories of suppressed Georgia voters during the 2018 midterm election. These suppressed voters, 80% of whom were people of color, faced “voter purges, missing absentee ballots, polling place closures, extreme wait times, insufficient or faulty equipment, and a host of voter ID issues,” according to a press release from the League of Women Voters. The documentary is approximately 35 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A session with Mary Ann Williams of the League of Women Voters, Monroe County Election Board Chair Hal Turner, and Monroe County Clerk Nicole Browne. The film will screen on Tuesday, September 15, at 7 p.m.
UnCivil War: U.S. Elections Under Siege features a segment on Indiana’s fight for redistricting reform and exposes national threats to fair elections. The documentary, directed by Indiana native Tom Glynn, is about 45 minutes long and will be screened on Tuesday, September 22, and 7 p.m. Following the film, Brown, Turner, and Williams will be joined by Julia Vaughn, of national watchdog organization Common Cause, in a Q&A to discuss how redistricting in Indiana will affect upcoming elections
Both films are free and open to the public. Interested viewers can register for the films here to receive an email with the Zoom link.