Michelle Obama Has an Important Message for Every American: Vote!
The former first lady is encouraging everyone to vote in every election through a new initiative.
The United States has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any developed country, according to the Pew Research Center. Just over half of eligible voters in the country cast a ballot during the 2016 presidential election.
Michelle Obama wants to change that.
Through her initiative When We All Vote — a national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization — the former first lady of the United States is engaging citizens, institutions, companies, and organizations in a conversation about the right and responsibility to vote.
“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power,” Obama said. “And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election.”
Women, people of color, and other marginalized groups continue to be underrepresented in US political leadership — but by exercising the right to vote, citizens can make their voices heard and choose the candidates they believe in to represent them.
Global Citizen is a proud partner of the When We All Vote campaign, which the former FLOTUS kicked off with a tweet on Thursday.
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/cBTTn9Q5Lfhttps://t.co/6d5UT4gg9k— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 19, 2018
We're proud to partner with @WhenWeAllVote to make sure Global Citizens across America will #bethegeneration to raise their voice for democracy and a better world. #GCF2018#GlobalCitizen￼ pic.twitter.com/t6anGnMR74— Global Citizen Impact (@GlblCtznImpact) July 19, 2018
But Obama isn’t the only powerful figure championing the need for people to participate in their political systems by voting. When We All Vote is co-chaired by influential people from across industries, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Tom Hanks, Chris Paul, and Tim McGraw.
In the few hours since it was launched, the initiative has already succeeded in igniting a conversation online.
What happens #WhenWeAllVote? We prove America is Free, of the People, by the People, for the People. Is Freedom important to you? Is Democracy? Is the future of America? https://t.co/kbq7G8eYxC. Hanx!!!— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 19, 2018
Yay!!! #YourVoteYourVoice#WhenWeAllVote. I love you @MichelleObama. And don’t forget the 8.7 million Americans who live abroad. If you live abroad and haven’t registered to vote and requsted your absentee ballot, go to https://t.co/JiKka0DaB5. https://t.co/cr5HXKRoQH— Robin Guinot (@robinaguinot) July 19, 2018
4-million young people turn 18 this year! Make sure our young people are registered to vote @WhenWeAllVote#WhenWeAllVote— Quaker Nana (@QuakerNana) July 19, 2018
Protesting is good. I was out last night at #OccupyLafayetteSquare#OccupyLafayettePark
But Voting—Voting is critical. https://t.co/bww0IN2Vs9
My grandmother has voted in every election since Franklin Delano Roosevelt and always emphasizes to me the importance of exercising my right to vote and making my voice heard through it! #WhenWeAllVote— Rebecca (@rschaef9) July 19, 2018
#WhenWeAllVote we elect people who represent all of us. I'm thrilled to be a part of @WhenWeAllVote to help build a democracy that reflects the diversity of its people. We can't sit on the sidelines. Register to vote & volunteer: https://t.co/6qWYY6mmDwhttps://t.co/pYs0q0VhQH— Elaine Welteroth (@ElaineWelteroth) July 19, 2018
Let’s vote AND help get out the youth vote. Polling shows that young voters don’t vote b/c they don’t have enough info to cast an informed ballot. Lawyers - visit https://t.co/TMYYgVfFZx to help our partner @RockTheVoteAF create youth voter guides. #WhenWeAllVote@WhenWeAllVotehttps://t.co/0hHDW121aK— Katie Waldo (@BradleyKates) July 19, 2018
Women were not allowed to vote 99 years ago!— Mili Rosales (@MiliMaroa) July 19, 2018
Most African Americans were not allowed to vote 54 years ago!
People between 18 and 21 were not allowed to vote 47 years ago!!
Voting is our right and we shouldn’t take it for granted!! #WhenWeAllVote we can CHANGE our reality!! https://t.co/C7BJsUqCru
You're wrong if you think your vote doesn't matter. How many local elections have been decided by coin toss or drawing straws? Do more than sit on the sidelines and complain. Register to vote. Help others register. Then VOTE! #WhenWeAllVotehttps://t.co/1A4amiAL4C— Barbara Etheridge (@biebar_e) July 19, 2018