Remember the day George W. Bush was reelected? Yep—November 2, 2004 was a pretty shitty day in my book, and not one I was particularly interested in reliving, except for maybe the part where the heavy drinking followed the election results.
Director Katy Chevigny, however, revisits that day, weaving together engaging stories of people like Jim Fuchs, a Republican who headed up a group of poll-watchers in Chicago, and Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan woman who spent the day rounding up friends and family to chauffer them to the polls. Chevigny's camera captures the political tensions and the voters' motivations: why they're eager to vote in the first place, or to stand in line in the rain, or vote for a specific candidate.
On one hand, Election Day is dated—one thread revolves around the same-sex marriage debate that motivated plenty of conservative voters four years ago, but now is an issue that has tapered off. But when considering Oregon's upcoming elections, the documentary proves itself relevant: It's fascinating to see what drives average voters, especially those outside of blue enclaves like Portland.