Former first lady Michelle Obama stepped into the midterm election battle with a warning to those who plan to sit on the sidelines in November.
What We Know:
- Obama appeared Sunday at her first rally in Las Vegas for We All Vote, the voter registration nonprofit she launched in July, the Washington Post reported.
- As several thousand rally-goers urged Obama to run for president, she acknowledged their apathy and frustration with “the chaos and the nastiness of our politics.” Obama admitted that she’s fed up with the political environment and understands the desire to avoid the midterm elections.
- Only 36 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2014 midterm elections—the lowest turnout since 1942, the Post reported. If that happens in 2018, the Republicans will likely continue to control Congress.
- Obama criticized politicians and organizations that have created barriers to voting, such as shutting down polling places or requiring voters to show government IDs.
- When We All Vote seeks not only to increase voter registration and turnout in 2018 but to also create a culture of voting among groups that are least likely to participate, including racial minorities, folks in low-income communities and young people.
Over 50 years ago, Americans across the country fought for the passage of the #VotingRightsAct. But our work isn’t over. Join @MichelleObama and our entire team for a #WhenWeAllVote Week of Action this September! Sign up to attend or host your own event: https://t.co/92nuLIb3mx pic.twitter.com/C8QzfwHgcb
— When We All Vote (@WhenWeAllVote) August 6, 2018
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