When Gen Z is the source of the misinformation it consumes

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Published on 14 Oct 2020, 22:36
When Generation Z voters — the newcomers to the political process, whose introduction to American-style democracy comes in this election — went to their favorite social media sites this September, hundreds of thousands of them watched a wide-eyed young woman vent into her cellphone camera because, she declares, her request form for a mail-in ballot came wrapped in pages of campaign materials supporting the reelection of President Donald Trump.

“I almost threw it away because this is what it looks like,” she says indignantly into her camera, holding up a copy of a Trump leaflet. “This looks like an ad for Donald Trump. This does not look like an absentee ballot request form.”

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