Every four years, Americans cast their ballots for president. Today is a “midterm” election but, as this film from 1945 shows, it is just as important because we are electing members of congress…part of the “checks and balances” system that makes our republic so successful as a governing system.
This film was made during World War II by The Office of War Information and was designed to reassure us (and our allies) that the voting process was secure. It takes us through the branches of government, their responsibilities, and the limits placed on them. It shows the nomination and campaign process and it shows, perhaps my favorite part of the film, people engaged in sometimes heated debate in an effort to convince others to vote a certain way.
I’ll admit that not having my television plugged into the outside world and not listening to commercial radio has helped me immensely during this campaign season because I didn’t have to wade through so much chaff to get to the wheat.
My husband and I have voted. I encourage you to vote, too.