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CBS' Mo Rocca visits IUPUI, interviews law professor for upcoming PBS special

CBS correspondent Mo Rocca (left) and Professor Michael J. Pitts
CBS correspondent Mo Rocca (left) and Professor Michael J. Pitts

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May 21, 2012

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Mo Rocca, a CBS News correspondent and former correspondent for "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," recently interviewed Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor Michael Jude Pitts during filming for the documentary "Electoral Dysfunction."

The feature-length documentary is slated for PBS broadcast and limited theatrical release in the fall. While other films have focused on narrow aspects of voting in America, "Electoral Dysfunction" is the first documentary to take a nonpartisan look at the inner workings and underpinnings of the election system -- and to use irreverent humor to spark interest in electoral reform among viewers across the political spectrum, according to producer and director Bennett Singer.

Produced by a team of Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmakers, the documentary aims to present an even-handed and engaging overview of America’s electoral system. The film focuses on a number of specific issues, including voter ID laws and the role of the Electoral College.

The film includes a profile of Ben Leatherbury, an IUPUI alumnus, who served as one of Indiana’s 11 presidential electors in 2008, according to Singer.

Rocca’s interview with Pitts focuses on Indiana’s voter ID law which was passed in response to concerns about voter fraud, but has raised questions about disenfranchisement. Pitts, an expert in election law, has written extensively on the topic.

“One of the key stories in the film centers on the history and impact of voter ID laws, and our host, Mo Rocca, interviewed Professor Pitts about the groundbreaking research he has done on Indiana’s voter ID law. Professor Pitts published this research in his article ‘Documenting Disenfranchisement: Voter Identification at Indiana's 2008 General Election,’” Singer said.
For additional information about the documentary or to view a two-minute trailer, visit www.electoraldysfunction.org.