Errol Morris’ latest OP-DOC (short, opinionated doc) for the New York Times has been released just in time for the general election on November 6th. Morris' ‘11 Excellent Reasons Not to Vote’ is a short film which explores the roads that lead to the polls in a nation where voting is not compulsory.
In an accompanying article, Morris writes: “In the middle of October, I spoke to more than 50 people between 18 and 40, almost all of whom are planning to go to the polls on Nov. 6. That made them exceptional: only 51 percent of young people voted in 2008. A smaller group is expected this year.”
Morris’ interviewees each respond to specific “reasons” not to vote. “Before asking why they will vote, I asked why most young people won’t,” he writes. The series of questions and answers acts like an echo, a cumulative call to action to remind any apathetic or undecided voter that the time to exercise their voice is now.
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