The Battleground

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By international standards, U.S. voter turnout is exceedingly low, and among the lowest in the developed world. Low voter turnout is typically attributed to political disengagement. In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, 57.5 percent of eligible Americans voted. Characterized by alarmingly divisive partisan forces and with the national news media reaching obsessive levels of coverage far earlier than usual, the 2016 U.S. presidential election is arguably unlike any other in American history. As a result, supporters from both the Democratic and Republican parties have been active on the frontlines, relentlessly advocating for their respective candidates. The documentary engages supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the state of Pennsylvania and shares their unique stories and perspectives on the election process and outcomes. Pennsylvania has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1992. Unlike other swing states of Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Michigan, the state had not been considered up for grabs. But Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes helped determine the surprise outcome in 2016. Interwoven with first-hand accounts and interviews with political experts, we learn about the key issues and events that have been presented throughout the election. With the aid of these experts, the documentary will also provide an analytical perspective on U.S. democratic processes and practices, as well as racial and economic concerns that affect the political experiences of average Americans and shape the outcomes of U.S. electoral processes.


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