Electoral Dysfunction (2012)

Electoral Dysfunction (2012)

Electoral Dysfunction is a feature length documentary that uses humor and wit to take an irreverent—but nonpartisan—look at voting in America. Released theatrically and broadcast on PBS broadcast in the fall of 2012, the film stars political humorist Mo Rocca, a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR’s hit quiz show Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, and a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Principal Credits:

Director/Producer: Bennett Singer, David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell

Co-Producer: Mridu Chandra

Cinematographer: Joe Friedman

Editor: Jay Keuper


“A timely look at an important issue that’s getting more hotly contested every month…” –Hollywood Reporter
“Eye-opening and highly entertaining … If you have any sort of investment in this country, we recommend seeing Electoral Dysfunction.” –Flavorpill
“Electoral Dysfunction pulls off an admirable trick: It’s pleasant. It treats Democrats and Republicans respectfully, and its humor, with the comic Mo Rocca as guide, is closer to Garrison Keillor than to Michael Moore. This lighthearted, colorful, nonpartisan documentary … lives up to its title, exploring problems of nationwide accessibility and fairness…” —The New York Times
“Electoral Dysfunction has a bit of everything–comedy, tragedy, farce. It’s educational, amusing and sometimes appalling…” –Montreal Gazette


Electoral Dysfunction won the American Bar Association’s 2013 Silver Gavel Award for Television—the ABA’s highest honor for media projects that foster understanding of the law. Mo Rocca received a Special Achievement Award from the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival Television Competition for his role as host of Electoral Dysfunction; the film also won a 2013 Silver Telly Award in the Politics/Commentary division.

How To See It:

Broadcast on PBS shortly before the election in 2012, the film is now on iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and Google Play. DVDs for home and educational use are available at www.electoraldysfunction.org.

Electoral Dysfunction website

Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters (companion book)