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"I Voted?" Documentary Examines SC's Voting System

8:33 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A Los Angeles filmmaker's documentary isn't giving South Carolina's voting system rave reviews.

"It really is incumbent upon us, 'We the people,' to own our elections," Filmmaker Jason Smith said

Jason Smith wasn't a big fan of politics until 2010.

"I didn't know anything about election integrity prior to what happened with this Alvin Greene story," he said.

After Greene won the state's Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 2010 without much of a campaign, Smith took a hard look at voting integrity.

"I think we engage in faith based voting meaning that we have faith that the system works," he said. "And when you look at South Carolina's system I don't think you have a lot you can base that faith on."

Richland County's 2012 voting debacle on the Presidential election is hard proof that the system is flawed.

"These systems that are easily hackable with flawed and buggy software that wouldn't pass a freshman computer science class," Smith said. "The systems can't be audited, that's a big deal and there's no assurance that the voter has that the votes are being recorded as intended."

But Smith says one way to fix it is to take a step back.

"We absolutely need to go back to paper. It doesn't mean that we should back track in terms of technology of the systems that are used to count the paper and we can still use electronic voting in the counting process," he said.

With extensive research, Smith hopes there will be better luck next year or maybe another four more.

For more information on Smith's "I Voted?" visit www.ivotedmovie.com

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