Michelle Obama Continues Push to Get People to the Polls Wit
Michelle Obama is ramping up her efforts to get Americans to the polls. On Thursday, When We All Vote, the non-partisan organization she co-chairs, released an emotional new ad that addresses all the excuses people make for not voting.
ldquoWhy should I vote? Nothing ever changes. The system is rigged,rdquo the one-minute ad begins.
ldquoWhether you#8217re trying to get dinner on the table after working a double shift, dropping baby off with Grandma, or studying for exams voting can feel like the furthest thing from your mind. You might even feel like it#8217s just not worth it,rdquo Michelle Obama continues. ldquoBut that#8217s exactly what some people want you to think. The truth is, when we stay home, things stay the same or they get worse.rdquo
The ad encourages citizens to register for and vote in the 2018 Midterm elections on Nov. 6. It will run digitally and on radio stations around the country.The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
ldquoWhen we all vote, we get new ideas and new energy,rdquo Mrs. Obama says in the ad. ldquoWe get leaders who share our values and listen to our voices. That#8217s how we change America.rdquo
While President Barack Obama has already started wading into the politics of the 2018 election, Michelle Obama has made it clear she has no interest in jumping directly into the arena. #8220I#8217ve never had the passion for politics,#8221 she said last April. #8220I just happened to be married to somebody who has the passion for politics, and he drug me kicking and screaming into the arena.#8221
But in her post-White House life she has taken on the issue of civic participation and low voter turnout head on.
Earlier this summer, she enlisted the help of an array of celebrities including Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, singer Janelle Monaacutee, NBA player Chris Paul, country stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and actor Tom Hanks for a viral video about why itrsquos important to vote in every election mdash not just presidential races.
Through volunteer recruitment, changes to the registration process, and boosting conversations about the importance of voting, When We All vote hopes of getting citizens in all 50 states registered to vote and participating in elections.