Netflix’s Whose Vote Counts, Explained Review: The Grim Reality of the Voting System

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Whose Vote Counts, Explained is a documentary miniseries created by Vox and Netflix. The investigative series is narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio, Selena Gomez and John Legend, and it has three 25-minute-long episodes.

This short series is a very necessary one in the wake of the US presidential elections in November. Whose Vote Counts, Explained talks about numerous questions that might be plaguing your mind when it comes to politics and voting, and tries to answer most of them. It’s a no-nonsense informative series that features a great variety of knowledgeable people who have worked in the system, and who strive to make it fairer and better.

The series starts from the very beginning – from when the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution was written to the 2020 elections. It focuses on different topics in the three episodes, including why the right to vote is still considered a privilege, voter suppression and disenfranchisement, the huge influx of money in the elections and how that can (or cannot, if you don’t let it) sway voter decisions, to Gerrymandering and why some parties win inspite of losing.

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It’s put out there in a very simple and non-complicated way, and it’s extremely interesting and entertaining to watch. If you’re someone who wants to know more about how voting works and the dark underbelly of it, then this is probably a good place to start.

Whose Vote Counts, Explained

Whose Vote Counts, Explained is also very visually pleasing. There are, obviously, a lot of archival footage mixed with recent interviews of various celebrities, academics and politicians, along with some great animation. The three work seamlessly with each other to create a very entertaining documentary that keeps you hooked for an hour and a half. The background music is great as well, and contributes to the overall vibe of the documentary.

One of the best things about the show, however, is its excellent narrators, especially Di Caprio. All three of them speak with such surety and conviction that you cannot help but be enamoured by the documentary as a whole.

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It’s honestly disheartening and alarming to see what goes on behind closed doors, and how much behind-the-scenes footage we miss out in our everyday lives. Whose Vote Counts, Explained truly explains how the politicians and the law strategically cut out people, especially the African-Americans, in order to give a section of the society more power. It’s disheartening to see how much struggle one has to go through to get funds just so that your voice can reach people, and how big corporations’ greed can ruin elections. It is also astounding to see that, even if the party that you voted for gets more votes, it can still lose because of politicians’ greed.

Summing up: Whose Vote Counts, Explained

Whose Vote Counts, Explained

Whose Vote Counts, Explained, a one-and-a-half-hour-long limited series, provides to-the-point yet in-depth answers to questions that you might have wondered for so long. It’s a simple show but one that can remind you that not all people sit on privilege, and there’s a lot going on behind the curtain that can (and does) rig the system. Also, if you’re not from the US, you can try to draw parallels between the voting system, the rigging, and the corruption in the system in the US and your own country. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of similarities.

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Also, no matter what anyone says, voting is your democratic right and your duty. If you’re someone who frequently says that your vote doesn’t matter, this series will open your eyes. So, wherever you might stay, go out and vote when the time comes. Because at the end of the day, it is you who contributes to the system and can change it. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.

Whose Vote Counts, Explained is streaming on Netflix.

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Netflix and Vox's Whose Vote Counts, Explained talks about how the voting system works in the US and also draws attention towards the dark underbelly of the system.


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