Former First Lady Michelle Obama is heavily involved in the 2022 midterm elections.
Michelle Obama penned a letter that was published as an advertisement in The New York Times on Sunday.
The popular presidential spouse purchased a full-page advertisement in the New York Times on behalf of her progressive organization When We All Vote, urging supporters to increase pressure on Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation.
Additionally, she personally approved an action plan to’recruit and train’ thousands of volunteers to register voters of voting age ahead of November’s elections.
Michelle Obama’s letter
“One year ago, we witnessed an unprecedented assault on our Capitol and our democracy. From Georgia and Florida to Iowa and Texas, states passed laws designed to make it harder for Americans to vote. And in other state legislatures across the nation, lawmakers have attempted to do the same,” she said.
“This type of voter suppression is not new. Generations of Americans have persevered through poll taxes, literacy tests, and laws designed to strip away their power—and they’ve done it by organizing, by protesting, and most importantly, by overcoming the barriers in front of them in order to vote. And now, we’ve got to do the same. We’ve got to vote like the future of our democracy depends on it. And we must give Congress no choice but to act decisively to protect the right to vote and make the ballot box more accessible for everyone,” she said as Republican legislatures nationwide are bringing back voting laws the way they were prior to the pandemic.
“As civic engagement, voting rights, and voter mobilization organizations representing millions of Americans, we are joining together to ensure that Congress acts on voting rights legislation — and ensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted in the 2022 midterm elections and beyond. We’re asking you to join us,” the former first lady said.
“We stand united in our conviction to organize and turn out voters in the 2022 midterm elections, and make our democracy work for all of us. Collectively we will,” she said.
Michelle Obama pledges to ‘recruit and train’ at least 100,000 volunteers ahead of 2022 midterms
To defend those rights, Obama laid out five goals to complete ahead of the elections that could see Republicans regain control of Congress and bring Biden’s agenda to a screeching halt.
She listed what she wants the Democrats to do to have a chance in the 2022 midterms.
- Recruit and train at least 100,000 volunteers throughout 2022 to register and turn out voters in their communities.
- Register more than a million new voters across the country.
- Organize at least 100,000 Americans to contact their Senators, calling on them to do everything they can to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
- Recruit thousands of lawyers to protect voters in the states where the freedom to vote is threatened.
- Commit to educate voters on how to vote safely in their state.
“As John Lewis said, ‘Democracy is not a state. It is an act.’ And protecting it requires all of us. That’s why his generation organized, marched, and died to defend the very rights that are under attack today. And it’s why we’re calling on community leaders, organizations, businesses and all Americans to join our efforts in this critical moment for our history and the future of our country,” she said.
Thirty organizations including Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Action, LeBron James’ More Than A Vote and the NAACP signed on to Obama’s message.
It comes as Democrats’ chances of holding on to their slim majority in Congress continue to wane. So far 25 Democrats have announced their departures at the end of 2022, while just 12 GOP lawmakers have done the same.
Recent polls have also indicated public opinion is shifting away from Obama’s party.
The Republicans could be looking at massive gains like the party had when it had its tea party wins in the 2010 midterms, The Washington Examiner reported.