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Martin Sheen urges voters to ‘get the train back on its tracks’ in new Lincoln Project ad

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Martin Sheen, famously known for his role as President Josiah Bartlet on the hit TV show “The West Wing,” lent his voice to an Election Day ad released by anti-Trump GOP group The Lincoln Project, urging voters to take part in “one last push to get the train back on its tracks.” 

“Good morning. Today is the first day of the rest of America’s life,” Sheen says at the opening of the video, played over footage of cities and Americans beginning their day across the country.  

“One day. One day that will, one way or the other, change how this country feels about itself,” the actor continues. “One last push to get the train back on its tracks.”

“One day that will now play itself out right in front of our eyes, hour by hour, vote by vote, with history on its shoulders,” Sheen says. “One day that will change our lives forever.” 

“It is November 3, 2020, America. We have one day,” he ends. 

Sheen’s spot is the latest in a series of Lincoln Project ads voiced by prominent celebrities in an effort to mobilize Americans to vote against a second Trump term. 

On Monday, the group released a video narrated by “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill, titled “Absentee,” in which he details the history of absentee voting and then dismisses as “tyranny” the president’s calls for only ballots that come in by Election Day to be counted.

“If he gets his way, many who cast absentee ballots will not have their vote counted,” Hamill says. “This will deny thousands of troops serving overseas of their most sacred right, stripping the men and women in our military the very freedoms they’ve served and sacrificed to defend.”

“It cannot be allowed to happen,” he adds.

Over the past several months, Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that voting by mail is rampant with cases of voter fraud. These claims come as a historic number of Americans have voted by mail this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Oct. 15, HBO Max released a special reunion episode of “The West Wing,” in which Sheen, along with former cast members Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Dulé Hill and Janel Moloney, are seen performing a theatrical stage version of the third season episode “Hartsfield’s Landing.”

Michelle Obama, former President Clinton and “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda also appeared in the episode to promote When We All Vote, the voter registration and engagement organization the former first lady launched in 2018.

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