10:31am PT by Katherine Schaffstall
Late-Night Hosts Encourage Viewers to Vote Ahead of Midterm Elections
Late-night hosts spoke about the importance of voting Monday night. Because the midterm elections take place Tuesday, many of the hosts made a last-minute effort to sway anyone who may not be convinced they want to show up to the polls.
James Corden shared that over 35 million Americans participated in early voting. "A lot of people were prepared for early voting. In fact, most of them have been ready to vote since Nov. 9, 2016," said The Late Late Show host.
He added that many states, including Florida, have seen an increase in the number of registered young voters. "Although, to be fair, in Florida a young voter is anyone under 75," he joked.
Corden added that while he can't vote because he's not a U.S. citizen, he will be doing his part. "I'll be angrily judging all the people who didn't vote," he said as he stared at his audience members.
Later in the episode, Corden broke down the 2018 election for his viewers. "We've had two years of Trump, but it feels more like 10. Does anyone feel they've been made great again?" he began. "Both chambers of Congress are currently red, though Democrats hope for a blue wave to spread. Every seat in the House will be up for grabs. I know someone in Russia who's keeping close tabs."
"Now midterm elections are often dismissed, like other Hemsworths when stood next to Chris," said Corden before explaining the urgency of the midterm elections. He said that there have never been higher stakes in a midterm election in wake of forest fires and global warming.
He added that a record number of women are running this year. "They're sick and tired of men who cry about beer. The Democratic field has historical firsts. Republicans could stand to be more diverse," he said as a photo of white men appeared on screen.
The host then caught the audience up on Kanye West's meeting with Trump and his later comments that he no longer supports the president. "The biggest surprise in the fight against Trump was the massive Taylor Swift Instagram bump," he said of the former apolitical star's use of social media to encourage voting.
"Migrant caravans are Trump's latest distraction. Sending troops to the border, taking swift, racist action. From anti-immigrant lies to attacks on the press and Georgia's attempts to voter suppress, you can choose any other day of the year to be lazy, so pause Red Dead Redemption and go vote like crazy," he said.
Corden then addressed the race in Texas between Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz. "Beto's campaign raised over 70 mil while Cruz just confessed to zodiac kills," he said.
"If you care at all about your friends' health or don't think the richest need even more wealth. If you know all religions deserve equal respect and that immigrant kids don't deserve our neglect. If travel bans and hate speech make you feel sick or you think that Ted Cruz is kind of a dick," listed Corden as the many reasons to vote. "Please keep marching in the streets. Don’t give in to petty tweets. Ignore the nonstop TV ads with stock footage of angry dads."
"At Thanksgiving dinner while your families bicker, you can sigh in relief. You earned that 'I voted' sticker," he concluded.
Over on Full Frontal, Samantha Bee reminded her viewers about Election Day.
"I'm filled with so many emotions. Pride, terror, excitement, day drunk. Is shitting blood an emotion?" she asked.
Bee then shared a clip from MSNBC that predicted that 100 million voters could turn out for the election. "That's how many people watched Roots. Oh God, I hope it's the same people," she said.
After pointing out that the number of early voters in some states have surpassed the number of voters that turned out during the 2014 elections, she told her audience to not be too hopeful. "Hope is for closers. An election isn't the kind of event where you're just amazing for just being there like the Oscars. It's a day where only winning matters, like the Emmys," she joked, muttering about her late-night competitor John Oliver's winning streak at the small-screen awards.
The message "Vote, Dummies" appeared onscreen behind Bee as she explained that anything could happen during the election. "You cannot take this election for granted. I certainly won't make that mistake again. I have a full-on Ben Affleck-level back tattoo that says, 'Hillary Clinton is the president and my favorite show is House of Cards,'' she joked.
Bee said that Trump will not give up, so it's up to citizens to vote. "He has had five rallies in five states in the last two days," she said. "He's never even seen his five children in two days."
A compilation of clips followed of Trump using scare tactics to tell his supporters what Democrats will do if they are electedto office. "I apologize for even putting that sludge on your TV, but this stuff is so awful, it's hard to look away," said Bee. "Trump is like a magician who distracts from the card up his sleeve by actually sawing a woman in half."
Bee then addressed Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp's claims that Democrats are interfering with the election. Kemp has been heavily involved in the state's exact match policy that suppressing voting. "That's right. The guy who has on multiple occasions tried to suppress the vote has the nerve to say that Democrats are doing something fishy," she said. "This is like if a Harlem Globetrotter tried to call a foul on a Washington General. You are on a ladder."
"I know that phantasmagoria of lies and racism and scare mongering has been exhausting, but all that shit has been exhausting us for two years. Now we finally get to do something about it," said Bee. "You are all like elite marathon runners of horrified rage. You've been training at altitude for two years. Now it's time to do the thing. If you haven't yet, make a voting plan."
Jimmy Kimmel questioned if America is as divided as many believe on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
"According to recent polls of Americans, 87 percent want to protect social security. Seventy percent favor Medicare for all. Seventy-five percent support coverage for preexisting conditions. Seventy-two percent want to keep insurers from charging sick people more. Eighty-six percent want to protect the dreamers. Seventy percent say immigration should be kept at current levels or increase. Sixty-eight percent favor stronger rules on the financial industry. Seventy-six percent favor higher taxes on the wealthy. Seventy-eight percent support paid family medical leave. Sixty-six percent support stricter gun laws. Ninety-seven percent support universal background checks. Fifty-nine percent say we need to do more to fight climate change," listed the host.
Other common beliefs shared by Americans include supporting tuition-free college based on income levels, net neutrality and limits on how much people and organizations can contribute to political campaigns.
"That doesn't look so divided to me," said Kimmel. "That's divided the same way Donald Trump divides up a bucket of chicken. Four for me, one for you."
"This is what Americans believe. If this is what we believe, then you should vote for candidates who believes in those things, too, instead of just picking an R or a D," said the host.
Late Night host Seth Meyers said that the show teamed up with HeadCount.org. The nonpartisan organization is "dedicated to participation in democracy to ensure that the future is voting."
Meyers encouraged anyone with questions to text the word "voter" to 40649. The organization will text you back with any information you may need about voting.
"We joke about where this country is going, but we can also do something about it," he said. "So join Head Count, get out there and let's be a country where the future is voting."