Politics Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters
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The cast of NBC's hit sitcom "Parks and Rec" reunited Thursday night for a special virtual live town hall event for voters in Wisconsin.
Cast members Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Retta, Adam Scott, Jim O'Heir and show creator Michael Schur came together to answer common questions and mistakes voters make when preparing to cast their mail-in ballots.
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"I don't want to be a negative Nancy ... But a lot of people forget to include a (copy) of a photo I.D.," Plaza said, adding that in April, "500 people in Madison sent in selfies."
Scott, who played ex-mayor Ben Wyatt in the show, replied that doing so would invalidate ballots, saying, "We all know you like selfies, but that's not a valid form of photo I.D."
Scott also noted the deadline to request ballots by mail is Oct. 29 but told viewers not to wait until the last minute.
Wisconsin is one of just a hand full of swing states where Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump are competing for support.
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A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Wednesday showed Biden with a 6-point lead over Trump in the state with less than 50 days to go in the race to Nov. 3.
The group also emphasized the importance of having a witness to sign mail-in ballots, with Scott adding, "In Wisconsin, you have to have a witness when you fill out your ballot."
Poehler, who plays the show's protagonist Leslie Knope, joked that finding a witness could be a gateway to finding a partner.
"You never know who you're going to meet... you might ask someone to be your witness... you never know where things are going to go and you end up getting married," she said.
Gov. Tony Evers (D) joined the talk briefly to ask Offerman whether he prefers his own mustache or Evers' mustache from the 1970s, holding up a picture of a much more youthful picture of himself.
"I think I'd have to go with the '70s 'stache," Offerman said.
The group's efforts come as there has been ongoing controversy over the practice of mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats have been voicing concerns for months about Americans' inability to vote in-person due to COVID-19, and have proposed to expand the practice.
Trump however, has repeatedly railed against voting by mail, stating that it will lead to widespread voter fraud and suggesting that election results will be delayed as a result of mail-in ballots.
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