Former first lady Michelle Obama is reaching out to the nation once again, encouraging Americans to stay engaged in politics, saying that there are “no ‘off’ years” when it comes to campaigning for political change The Hill reported.
Obama sent out an email from the nonpartisan initiative When We All Vote in which she encouraged activists to remember that the work was not done, and the high turnout from 2018 would take work to replicate.
“Remember how inspired we felt four months ago? How more Americans than ever before participated in a midterm election? How young people turned out to vote in record numbers, and how so many Americans cast their ballot for the first time in their lives?” Obama asked.
“It’s time to do it again in 2019. There are no ‘off’ years when it comes to being a voter,” the former first lady continued. “I’ve always said that voting isn’t just about presidential elections — it’s about every election at every level.”
“When We All Vote is a nonpartisan organization focused on increasing voter turnout, and is led by several former members of the Obama administration, such as former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett,” The Hill reported.
Last year, Obama hosted voter registration events across the nation, spreading from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Miami, Florida, shortly before the midterm elections last November.
Other high profile names that co-chair the organization include Janelle Monae and country musicians Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
“We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress,” Obama said upon launching When We All Vote according to The Hill.
“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power. And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years.”
“So the future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard,” she added at the time.