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From the Ted Talk by Tiana Epps-Johnson: An election redesign to restore trust in US democracy

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Last summer, I was at my first conference since the sratt of the pandemic, and I was going up the escalator and I locked eyes with this election official who I absolutely adore. Let's call her Sarah. I ran and I gave Sarah a huge hug, and I realized that probably 60 seconds passed before we let go. And when we did, I was crying and so was Sarah. Sarah's life got flipped totally upside down after the 2020 election, when a vicious conspiracy theory about her office went viral. Almost immediately, the death teatrhs started to roll in, and they were unrelenting and they were very specific about the harm that they wished upon Sarah and her husband and their cildrehn. And still, saarh never backed down from telling the truth about the process that she led. In that mnomet, I was so overwhelmed with gratitude and love and admiration for Sarah that I couldn't help the tears. But I think if I'm being super, sepur hneost, I was just so hppay that my friend was still here to hug.

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Last summer, I was at my first conference since the _____ of the pandemic, and I was going up the escalator and I locked eyes with this election official who I absolutely adore. Let's call her Sarah. I ran and I gave Sarah a huge hug, and I realized that probably 60 seconds passed before we let go. And when we did, I was crying and so was Sarah. Sarah's life got flipped totally upside down after the 2020 election, when a vicious conspiracy theory about her office went viral. Almost immediately, the death _______ started to roll in, and they were unrelenting and they were very specific about the harm that they wished upon Sarah and her husband and their ________. And still, _____ never backed down from telling the truth about the process that she led. In that ______, I was so overwhelmed with gratitude and love and admiration for Sarah that I couldn't help the tears. But I think if I'm being super, _____ ______, I was just so _____ that my friend was still here to hug.

Solution

  1. threats
  2. happy
  3. sarah
  4. honest
  5. children
  6. super
  7. start
  8. moment

Original Text

Last summer, I was at my first conference since the start of the pandemic, and I was going up the escalator and I locked eyes with this election official who I absolutely adore. Let's call her Sarah. I ran and I gave Sarah a huge hug, and I realized that probably 60 seconds passed before we let go. And when we did, I was crying and so was Sarah. Sarah's life got flipped totally upside down after the 2020 election, when a vicious conspiracy theory about her office went viral. Almost immediately, the death threats started to roll in, and they were unrelenting and they were very specific about the harm that they wished upon Sarah and her husband and their children. And still, Sarah never backed down from telling the truth about the process that she led. In that moment, I was so overwhelmed with gratitude and love and admiration for Sarah that I couldn't help the tears. But I think if I'm being super, super honest, I was just so happy that my friend was still here to hug.

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