Former First Lady Michelle Obama is launching a new midterm campaign to get people voting, and she isn’t alone in her efforts
In a new PSA for the organization When We All Vote, Obama calls on friends to spread the word on the importance of voting at the local level. Others appearing in the video with Obama include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Houston Rockets basketball star Chris Paul, singers Janelle Monáe, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw, and actor Tom Hanks.
According to the website, all those appearing in the video are co-chairs of the organization, whose main message is:
When We All Vote—a new national, nonpartisan not-for-profit—brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting.
In the video, Obama encourages her friends to reach out and get their friends to register to vote. She says:
Our democracy, in the country we love, requires our attention, voice, and participation. If we really want our voices to be heard, we need to vote in every election. Not just for president, but for every office: school board, statehouse, Senate, all of them. When we all vote, we determine our future.
With one fifth of Americans not registered to vote, this is an important message for all to hear.
Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks and Many Others Team up to Get Americans to Vote.
Please share this video FAR and WIDE!!
VOTE November 6th!pic.twitter.com/HJ3tJ3NK6a
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) July 19, 2018
People were on board with the message.
If Michelle says get out and vote we all better just get busy !!!
— Richard Freeman (@Richard111550) July 19, 2018
Please Vote This Fall Everyone!
Our Democracy Is Depending On It.
— It's Mueller Time (@BradVincent15) July 19, 2018
Vote in November it is very important to stop this corruption and lies and save our Democracy!!!
— gail mullen (@GailMul91806954) July 19, 2018
I have my voters registration card in my wallet at all times! It’s ready to go wherever whenever! Vote Always
— Sellé Kozlowski (@AllThingsGuru) July 19, 2018
— Barbie Lara #GlovesOff (@TeaSippingBarb) July 20, 2018
This is that's the STUFF! ! We need more and more of this type of positive “get out the vote” messages and most of all we need to GO VOTE .
— LJP2LJ (@JPacilla) July 19, 2018
61% of Republicans think Trump is being framed by FBI
51% believe Trump should have power to overturn judges
85% don’t believe Russia hacked Democratic emails
67% think unemployment went up under Obama
46% believe Hillary ran child sex ring in a pizza shop
They VOTE! DO YOU? pic.twitter.com/eU2sP8Mq6c
— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) July 21, 2018
Even folks living in other countries were encouraging Americans to vote.
I'm British. So I can only RT. But USA, you voted once and it changed the world. For all of us. And not for the better last time round. You can change your problem. In these elections, you are not just saving the US. You might be saving all of us. VOTE! (please)
— Britancula (@Britancula) July 19, 2018
The word was spreading far and wide and, hopefully, people are paying attention.
A recent poll shows that only 28% of younger voters will certainly participate in the upcoming midterms.
— Political Blue Jay (@BlueJayResist) July 19, 2018
#REGISTER #VOTE #ElectionsHaveConsequences #ElectionsHaveConsequences #ElectionsHaveConsequences #ElectionsHaveConsequences #ElectionsHaveConsequences #ElectionsHaveConsequences #ElectionsHaveFUCKINGConsequences pic.twitter.com/GVcThVq7ZE
— Cookieboo23 (@23Cookieboo) July 19, 2018
People can complain and tweet all they want: If you don't vote, your words are absolutely meaningless. Young folk who understand this, get the others to vote. Only 28% of you are planning to defitnitely do so. https://t.co/I7bHWErxzW
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 21, 2018
Obama sent her own message.
In my family, voting was a sacred responsibility, one which we never took for granted. I’m excited to be a part of @WhenWeAllVote to inspire and empower all eligible voters to make their voices heard. #WhenWeAllVote, we can make history. https://t.co/cBTTn9Q5Lf https://t.co/6d5UT4gg9k
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 19, 2018