Watch This: A Super Awkward 1955 Educational Film on How to Vote

Jean-Luc Godard once said that all Americans are good actors. We’re guessing that he missed the following educational short film on how to vote from 1955. Only a portion of it features dialogue, but that portion is certainly worth the (free) cost of admission. It’s always curious to see how people behave differently when a camera lens is pointed in their direction, and for some reason zombified and stilted seems to be the default.

Another interesting aspect here is the enormous CITY OF LOST CHILDREN-style voting machine that was, no doubt, the state of the art at the time. This, and the whole film, are reminders about how much easier it is to vote in America (for most of us anyway).

Wherever you are, don’t forget to register or check up on your voter registration, make sure it’s current, and make a plan to vote this fall.

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