FRONTLINE

S2020 E22 | PREVIEW

"Whose Vote Counts" - Trailer

As America chooses its next president in the midst of a historic pandemic, FRONTLINE investigates whose vote counts — and whose might not. With Columbia Journalism Investigations and USA Today, New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb reports on allegations of voter disenfranchisement, rhetoric and realities around mail-in ballots, and how the pandemic could impact turnout.

AIRED: October 20, 2020 | 0:01:15
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>> NARRATOR: As millions of Americans cast their ballots for

president--

>> What's being fought over?

>> Most of what's being fought over is the ability for voters

to have access to the polls and for their votes to count.

>> NARRATOR: FRONTLINE in collaboration with Columbia

Journalism Investigations and the USA Today Networks,

investigate whose votes are counted.

>> If there's a dispute over which votes might count.

Republicans control some really key levers of power.

>> NARRATOR: And why some, historically, are not.

>> Black and brown people who are disproportionately impacted

by the virus.

Well that's the same group of people that can make and break

an election.

>> NARRATOR: Through on the ground reporting and analysis,

correspondent Jelani Cobb uncovers allegations of voter

suppression.

>> To make sure I understand this clearly, you're saying that

voter suppression does not happen in the United States?

>> What I'm saying is that's a made-up term.

>> NARRATOR: And claims of voter fraud.

>> Mail ballots, they cheat, okay.

People cheat.

Mail ballots are fraudulent, in many cases.

>> As the country has become more divided, fraud and voter

suppression have become part of each party's get out the vote

mechanism.

>> NARRATOR: "“Whose Vote Counts"”-

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