Michelle Obama Enlists Tom Hanks, Janelle Monáe, Lin-Manuel Miranda And Others For An Important PSA About Voting

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. 

People were on board with the message. 

Even folks living in other countries were encouraging Americans to vote. 

The word was spreading far and wide and, hopefully, people are paying attention.

Obama sent her own message. 

Go vote!

H/T: Women In The World, Vox