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‘The West Wing’ cast to reunite for Michelle Obama’s voter registration initiative

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The former cast of “The West Wing” plans to reunite for the first time in 17 years to promote When We All Vote, the voter registration initiative co-chaired by former first lady Michelle Obama. 

Actors Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen will put on a special theatrical stage presentation of the third season episode “Hartsfield’s Landing,” HBO Max announced Tuesday. 

In the episode, the fictional President Bartlet is playing two games of chess against a pair of staffers while the Chinese are playing war games in the Taiwan Strait and his chief of staff is nervous about the 42 votes in a remote New Hampshire town’s election, which consistently predicts the state’s primary winner. 

Obama will make a guest appearance in the special, as will other public figure who have yet to be announced. 

“[Executive producer Tommy Schlamme] and I are incredibly excited to be getting The West Wing cast back together for this staged reading and to support When We All Vote in their efforts to get all of us involved in this election,” show creator Aaron Sorkin said in a statement.

Obama helped launch When We All Vote in 2018 with the goal of boosting voter participation. The group’s other co-chairs include Tom Hanks, Selena Gomez and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex, recently teamed up with the group in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote.

Tags 2020 2020 election Meghan Markle Michelle Obama The West Wing Voter registration When We All Vote
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