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Michelle Obama Has an Important Message for Every American: Vote!

Why Global Citizens Should Care
The Global Goals advocate for peace, justice, and strong institutions. By exercising your right to vote, you express your voice and your opinion, and can support leaders who champion your beliefs of building a better world with greater equality. You can join us by taking action here and registering to vote here.

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.

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.