“It’s a thick book. There’s no way I can even copy this and give it to you.”
When first-time voter Lewis Lehe went through the 2004 ballot on Election Day, he could handle most of what he saw: races for president, Congress, state and local judgeships.
But he wasn’t ready for eight statewide proposed amendments to the 1901 Alabama Constitution, including those affecting areas such as Trussville and Crenshaw and Macon counties.
“I’d been to Trussville once, but I’d never heard of Crenshaw County. I actually thought that Macon County was the county in `To Kill a Mockingbird,'” Lehe says in his new video essay about the constitution.
“I made some questionable decisions. That’s how I first became acquainted with some constitutional issues,” Lehe, a 20-year-old Homewood High School graduate, says in “It’s a Thick Book.”
Out of Lehe’s frustration at the ballot box grew a 49-minute documentary, pieced together over two years, about the constitution’s myriad problems.
It could be in local theaters next month. Here’s the trailer.