Mo Rocca Takes On America's 'Electoral Dysfunction'16:30
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Mo Rocca examines the U.S. Constitution in the film 'Electoral Dysfunction.' (Trio Pictures)
Mo Rocca examines the U.S. Constitution in the film 'Electoral Dysfunction.' (Trio Pictures)

By now you've heard that this presidential election is so close, one candidate may win the popular vote, and the other the electoral vote - the one that counts.

Mo Rocca, a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me," had a question about that: Why does the electoral college trump the popular vote?

He set out to find an answer by examining the electoral college, voter IDs in Indiana, indecipherable ballots, voter fraud and registration snafus in an irreverent - but non-partisan - look at voting in America.

The result is the feature-length documentary "Electoral Dysfunction," written and directed by New York-based filmmakers David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell and Bennett Singer. It's slated for theatrical release and PBS broadcast this fall.

Here's a little trivia: How many times was a president elected who did not win the popular vote? And who were they? Go to our Facebook page for the answer.

Guest:

  • Mo Rocca is a humorist, actor and Emmy award-winning writer, who stars in the documentary "Electoral Dysfunction." He tweets @MoRocca.

This segment aired on November 1, 2012.

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