The Center for Investigative Reporting Brings Voter Issues to the Surface

  A new documentary from the Center for Investigative Reporting directed by Dawn Porter is set to premiere on public television stations across the United States starting on October 24, 2018 which profiles the state by state difficulties set in place to cast a  vote. 

The 15th Amendment protects citizens’ right to vote, but having a right does not guarantee you will be able to use it. Since 2010 state lawmakers have introduced hundreds of laws making it more difficult to exercise the fundamental tool of democracy. Overall, 23 states have new restrictions in place, including more restrictive voter ID laws, laws making it harder for citizens to register, and laws that shorten early voting days and hours. These laws disproportionately impact low-income people and people of color.

On Election Day 2016, we follow attorney Donita Judge, an advocate for voting rights, as she troubleshoots claims of voting irregularities in Columbus, Ohio. In recent years, no president has won national office without winning Ohio, making it a crucial swing state. As she travels around to support poll workers and citizens, we see just how difficult it is protecting the cornerstone of democracy.

Directed by Dawn Porter, Voting Matters was produced by Glassbreaker Films, Trilogy Films and Sari Gilman Productions for the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Founded in 1977 as the nation’s first nonprofit investigative journalism organization, The Center for Investigative Reporting has developed a reputation for being among the most innovative, credible and relevant media organizations in the country.

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CIR is nationally respected for setting the highest journalistic standards, and for our signature approach to investigative reporting and collaboration. We partner with numerous other media organizations, prioritize impact over exclusivity, engage with the public and track results. To reach a broad and diverse audience worldwide, we publish our stories online, as well as for print, television, radio/audio, video and live events.

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Our work has been recognized for its excellence, groundbreaking creativity and impact. Recent awards include: News Emmy awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, a Webby award, a Military Reporters and Editors Award, a Barlett & Steele Gold Award for investigative business journalism, a Robert F. Kennedy Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, a George Polk Award, a Sigma Delta Chi award, IRE Awards for multiplatform journalism and an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. We were a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, 2013 and 2018, an Academy Award nominee in 2018, and a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

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