TIME requested readers to vote for who they thought ought to make the 2020 TIME100 checklist, an annual compilation of the world’s most influential individuals. Nathan Legislation, a number one pro-democracy activist and the youngest lawmaker in Hong Kong’s historical past, took first place in TIME’s ballot with 3.8% of the 4.7 million votes solid by readers.
Legislation made information in July when he revealed that he fled Hong Kong after China imposed a brand new, controversial nationwide safety legislation making separatism, subversion, terrorism and collusion with overseas international locations prison offenses—an try at cracking down on Hong Kong protests.
Although the motion continues in Hong Kong, the safety legislation and COVID-19 have slowed pro-democracy efforts. A lot of the world has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and almost 200,000 individuals within the U.S. are useless. Globally, greater than 900,000 individuals have died. Well being Care employees on the frontlines battling the virus acquired the second-highest proportion of TIME reader votes with 3.7%, adopted by important employees who acquired 3.4% of the vote.
Earlier than the coronavirus upended lives all world wide this yr, all eyes have been on Australia. Between September 2019 and March 2020, greater than 17 million hectares (greater than 42 million acres) of land have been burned in sweeping bushfires throughout Australia, and 33 individuals died. Australian firefighters acquired 3.2% of the vote from readers. Of the 33 who died, 9 have been firefighters, based on the Australian Parliament.
2020 has not solely been a yr marked by a world pandemic and pure catastrophe. After Minneapolis law enforcement officials killed George Floyd on Might 25, a motion for racial justice, years—even centuries—within the making, swept throughout the U.S. and in components of the world. Black Lives Matter protesters acquired 2.5% of the entire votes.
Finally, TIME editors choose the 100 most influential individuals of the yr, and can announce the complete checklist throughout a televised particular on Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. on ABC.