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The 19th

October 29, 2020

Voting during the 19th Amendment’s centennial wasn’t supposed to be this way

“The moment was supposed to be a bright spot in an otherwise chaotic and uncertain year,” wrote Errin Haines, The 19th’s editor-at-large. “Instead, it would leave me feeling that chaos and uncertainty more acutely than ever.”

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As the pandemic rages and voter enthusiasm is at a record high, Americans are being urged to make a plan to cast their ballot in the most consequential election many of us will ever live through.

My plan was to vote early, something I did frequently in my native Georgia before moving to Philadelphia five years ago. Because of the pandemic, Pennsylvania allowed voting before Election Day for the first time this year.


On Monday, I emerged exhausted, demoralized and enraged after four hours of standing in line.

How, in the city where the Constitution was written and signed, where we celebrate the founding principles of democracy, is this happening? I was angry not for myself, but on behalf of the Philadelphians who could be disenfranchised this election. I am someone who had four hours to stand in line; there are too many who live in this city who do not.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

I wondered how many people passed by, saw the line, and kept walking or driving.”

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October 18, 2020

As of Saturday, 26,000,000 of us have voted early!

Keep going. We’re doing this.





Samantha Bee

November 6, 2017

Startling and revealing. Bee continues her investigative reporting, this time with a focus on the ease of US election hacking, brilliantly framed in satire and humor.

Last week, we learned that Georgia officials destroyed election data in the midst of a lawsuit alleging that they had ignored warnings that the state’s electoral system was vulnerable to hackers. In light of this new information, Samantha Bee dedicated a segment of Full Frontal to election hacking—and bumped up the production value in the process. Bee partied like it was 1999 by making the entire segment a not-very-timely Matrix parody, assuming a vaguely Neo-like role to learn more about potential foreign interference in U.S. elections.


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