A Michelle Obama-led voter campaign is working with a similar organization created by NBA star LeBron James and other influential Black athletes and entertainers to fund activities beginning next week in major U.S. cities to create awareness around early voting for the Nov. 3 ballot.
Mrs. Obama’s When We All Vote and James ‘More Than A Vote work together at early voting sites across the country to provide information, accommodation, food, music, personal protective equipment and other resources from 18-31 Oct.
“Millions of Americans have already cast their ballot and with only 21 days until Election Day, making your plan to vote early is critical,” Mrs. Obama said Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press. “It’s now up to us to do everything in our power to get our friends and family ready to vote early and safely together. We can’t leave anyone behind.”
A challenge to inspire more voters to vote before Nov. 3 is also being introduced by the former first lady. Her agency has reported grants and supplies to local member agencies worth more than $1 million to hold their own events.
Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; Orlando, Florida; and Philadelphia are expected to have in-person experiences. They will be held within walking distance of early voting sites and provide free food from World Central Kitchen, a non-profit group founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres, and other suppliers.
The Lawyers ‘Committee for Equal Rights Under the Constitution and the Election Security alliance will both include music, celebrity interviews, personal protective devices and funding for voters’ rights. In order to include subsidized travel, Lyft has decided.
When We All Vote is also preparing to hold on Oct. 23 a virtual couch party.
BET, Comedy Central, Johnson & Johnson, MTV, the National Urban League, Radio One, and United Way Worldwide are also other collaborators.
All attendees and staff on the ground will be required to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.