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Michelle Obama When We All Vote PSA September 2018

"Why Bother" Voting? Michelle Obama Has a Few Reasons For You

Michelle Obama understands that many Americans feel disillusioned with the state of politics. With the midterm elections ahead, she's heard plenty of reasons people don't feel motivated to vote. But in a new video message for the nonpartisan nonprofit When We All Vote, she addresses those excuses head on.

"Whether you're trying to get dinner on the table after working a double shift, dropping baby off with Grandma, or studying for exams, voting can feel like the furthest thing from your mind. You may even feel like it's just not worth it," Obama says. "But that's exactly what some people want you to think. The truth is, when we stay home, things stay the same — or they get worse."

Obama urges viewers to make sure they're registered to vote by visiting WhenWeAllVote.org or texting WeAllVote to 97779. Check your own registration status before the elections on Nov. 6 so you can cast your vote and make a difference.

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