The Boulder Dispatch is an extra scene that had to be cut from the feature documentary, Call it Democracy.
If the Presidential Election of 2004 would have hinged on Colorado, the vote counting in this district would have continued for weeks. In this film, a week after election day, somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 votes remained uncounted.
The citizens in this film are doing their best, using optical scanners. If you vote on paper, by filling in the dots, and then place that paper in a scanner yourself, there's a good chance you'll get your vote counted correctly. But if all the scanners for all the voting precincts are grouped together, in one central location, there is a very high rate of losing votes. So that is why we see each ballot being counted by hand.