Jake Silverstein, editor in chief: “This week’s issue documents the stages of the mail-in election, an epic process by which tens of millions of Americans voted with absentee ballots in the midst of a pandemic. This image of April Roper-Ford counting absentee ballots in Lansing, Mich., captures the final stage of that process, a painstaking, largely manual effort.”
Read the cover story: “Democracy Worked This Year. But It Is Under Threat.”
Cover photograph by Philip Montgomery for The New York Times.