Coming in 2014 to a theater near you, a hard look at the vulnerabilities and the issues of electronic voting in our nation. At least, first-time documentarian Jason Grant Smith hopes his film will be in theaters then. Even if it’s not, the issue will still likely be apt. Intrigued by the lack of rational explanations for the 2010 primary election win of U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene in South Carolina, Smith embarked upon a journey shortly afterward into what he called “the byzantine rabbit hole of election administration in the United States.”
Smith eventually spent three weeks in South Carolina, interviewing leaders and voting experts for his movie, “I Voted?” While “South Carolina becomes the window” through which the issue is viewed, Smith said he hopes his nonpartisan film will shine a light on election integrity throughout the country. And while he said he didn’t make it to Myrtle Beach or Horry County, it’s an issue that certainly resonates here, where 183 votes were misplaced in the 2010 election.
Smith’s day job is as a writer and voiceover actor in Hollywood (you’ve heard his voice in “The Avengers,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the original “Beverly Hills 90210” and the “Shop ‘Til You Drop” game show), but he plans to finish this, his first documentary, and get it on the festival circuit by the end of next summer, with hopes of it reaching wider distribution before the 2014 mid-term elections.