'There's too much at stake to sit on the sidelines': Michelle Obama dives into the midterm elections with voter registration push

YouTubeFormer First Lady Michelle Obama is set to travel across the country to register voters this fall.
  • Former first lady Michelle Obama on Monday announced she will travel across the US to register voters ahead of the 2018 midterms.
  • “There’s too much at stake to sit on the sidelines, not just in this election but in every election, and we need your help right now,” Obama said in a new video.
  • The effort is being organised by When We All Vote, a nonprofit Obama co-chairs.
  • It will take place across a week in late September.

Former first lady Michelle Obama on Monday announced she will travel across the US to register voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The effort is being organised by When We All Vote, a nonprofit organisation that Obama co-chairs. It will take place across a week in late September.

The voting drive is partially meant to commemorate the 53th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, to which the former first lady alluded in a video announcing her plans.

“Today we want to honour their legacy and continue their work to ensure that every eligible American casts their vote, work that is far from finished,” Obama said.

“There’s too much at stake to sit on the sidelines, not just in this election but in every election, and we need your help right now,” she added.

It’s not yet clear where Obama will travel, but the organisation plans to hold events in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; New York; Los Angeles; and Atlanta, among other cities, ABC News reports.

The Obamas have been relatively private and largely avoided politically charged events or appearances since departing the White House in 2017. But they have become more active in recent months – especially as the Democratic Party seeks to shift the balance in Congress.

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