There is perhaps no greater exercise in democracy than the election of a national leader, and no greater test of the media’s role in upholding transparency and educating the electorate. We take this mission to heart.

All year, GBH News has held virtual events to ensure voters are prepared for Election 2020, including our recent news forums on bridging the partisan divide, polling and spotting fake news and our MA ballot question primer. That’s in addition to FRONTLINE’s documentaries The Choice, Whose Vote Counts and more here) and American Experience’s The Vote here).

We’re also providing a forum for historically disenfranchised groups to have their voices heard. According to Pew Research Center, over 32 million Latinos are projected to be eligible to vote in this election, marking 13.3% of all eligible voters in the U.S. This month we are pleased to present Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground. Additionally, a version of FRONTLINE’s The Choice with Spanish subtitles is now available online, on demand, in the PBS Video App and on YouTube. (Join us tonight for a discussion on the importance of the Latino vote, co-hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.)

Until 1952, federal law barred immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and voting. Today, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States. More than 11 million Asian Americans will be able to vote in 2020. Directed by Yi Chen, a Chinese immigrant and first-time voter herself, WORLD Channel’s America Reframed: First Vote is a must-watch and rare long-form look at the diverse Asian American electorate.

One-in-ten eligible voters is part of Generation Z, aged 18-23. Young, new voters need trusted information as they prepare to cast their first ballots. So, GBH News launched Internet Expert, a digital video series designed to engage Gen Z voters in the democratic process and to empower them with knowledge and tools they need to vote with confidence, learning how to spot deception in political ads.

The Government Accountability Office noted that nearly two-thirds of the 137 polling places inspected on Election Day 2016 had at least one impediment to people with disabilities. GBH made its mark early on by inventing closed captioning for broadcast television, and now our Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is playing a key role by working to improve the accessibility of voting information and the voting experience itself for the more than 35 million U.S. voters who have a disability. We are lowering as many barriers as possible to the process so that everybody has a voice.

Since 2010, NCAM has worked with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office on making online voter registration accessible, especially to voters who may be using assistive technology, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and screen readers. Most recently, NCAM has worked with Voatz, a Brookline-based developer, to ensure that its voting app, long used by overseas military personnel, extends to voters with disabilities.

I’m especially looking forward to GBH News’ two-hour, multiplatform special we are producing for Thursday, November 5. Election 2020: What’s Next promises to be a deep, thoughtful, contemporary look at the election that was, and what is to come. We will leverage all of our programs, hosts, journalists, platforms and resources to get answers—all while providing an inclusive and inviting forum for people to come together for a respectful exchange of ideas. Visit GBH News' Election 2020 hub for information on this virtual event and for our latest coverage and resources as you head out to the polls.

GBH is committed to our responsibility as a mission-centered, multimedia organization to deliver honest news and support all individuals in being well-informed citizens.

Now, it’s up to you to do your part—vote!