Documentaries

Blueprints for Democracy: How We Vote

The seed of this story lies in the incredible details required to place a candidate on a ballot, produce that ballot and count votes. This follow up to the award-winning documentary, What it Takes to Count: Inside an Orange County Election, dives even further into the myriad of details involved in producing elections. The sheer scale of logistics required in order to ensure a fair and accurate election often bewilders the public, which becomes clear as the film unfolds. A surreal combination of back-breaking work, complex problem solving, fighting deadlines and even an unplanned power outage is revealed as Orange County, CA election officials work to bring democracy to its citizens. At a time when the eyes of the world are focused on elections, it's a timely reminder of just how much is done to protect our precious votes.

What It Takes to Count: Inside an Orange County Election

This emotionally charged documentary, set in Orange County, California, explores the hectic world of elections and how they are planned and carried out. The result is a startling look at how extreme scrutiny has changed the face of elections in the United States and how complex they have become. The viewer is presented a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. Often humorous, frequently emotional, always fascinating. This is the ultimate portrait of what it takes to count every vote. The election staff in Orange County is both passionate and dedicated. This documentary is an account of their journey as they prepare for a major election. What it Takes to Count: Inside an Orange County Election accomplishes what all great documentaries should: it leaves the viewer surprised, involved and inspired.