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Most Americans know of Thomas Jefferson’s significant political career and service as the third president of the United States. But Thomas Jefferson was at times a voter, candidate, nominee, and incumbent in the political sphere. This week, on America’s 2022 election day, we will discuss how elections were different in Jefferson’s day—and how they have stayed the same. Watch our Q&A with Thomas Jefferson, interpreted by Bill Barker, examining Jefferson’s experiences in the great experiment in self-governance, where rulers were chosen by “the rational and peaceable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people.”