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Count Me In

When ordinary citizens propose and vote directly for public projects in their neighborhoods, an experiment in direct democracy unfolds in Chicago.

Portrait of Count Me In
Ines Sommer
Production Company
WTTW Channel 11
Release Date
October 1, 2016

Count Me In examines participatory budgeting in Chicago, the first U.S. city to adopt the practice. Working in collaboration with elected officials, the process allows residents to propose and cast a binding vote for publicly funded projects in their community. The documentary follows ordinary Chicagoans who take part in the process to explore themes of governance, citizen participation, and the possibilities and limits of this form of direct democracy.

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