Michelle Obama, coalition of organizations vow to register a million new voters

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote in a letter on Sunday that his voting rights organization, in conjunction with a coalition of other civic organizations, plans to register more than a million new voters ahead of this year’s midterm elections.

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Why this matters: The 2022 midterm results will have significant political consequences, as Democrats try to maintain their narrow margins of control.

  • The move comes even as the Senate remains deadlocked over passing federal voting rights legislation and Republican-led state legislatures across the country continue to enforce voting restrictions.

Organizing at least 100,000 Americans to contact their senators to advocate for passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, including the NAACP and Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Action. These goals include:

  • Registering one lakh new voters across the country;
  • recruiting and training at least 100,000 volunteers to register and turn out voters;
  • mobilize at least 100,000 Americans to approach their senators to advocate for the passage of the Freedom of Voting Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act;
  • recruiting thousands of lawyers to protect voters in states where “freedom of voting is at risk”;
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Letter, The title “Fight for Our Vote,” was initially published as an advertisement in the New York Times on Sunday. politician,

What are they saying: “A year ago, we witnessed an unprecedented attack on our Capitol and our democracy,” Obama wrote.

  • “From Georgia and Florida to Iowa and Texas, states passed laws to make it harder for Americans to vote. And in other state legislatures around the country, lawmakers have attempted to do the same.”
  • “We have to vote as if the future of our democracy depends on it.”
  • “We are united in our firm belief in organizing and mobilizing voters in the 2022 midterm elections, and making our democracy work for all of us.”
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