It’s our turn

By Michelle Obama

Think about something with me for a second:

It’s been 53 years since the Voting Rights Act became law, strengthening our democracy and ensuring that every American could exercise their right to vote.

That might seem like a long time, but when you think about our country’s history, it’s really not long at all: Just a few decades since all those brave men and women — knowing they’d be intimidated, turned away, or even beaten — stood up to fight for their right to cast a ballot anyway.

These courageous leaders didn’t lead that movement for themselves alone. They led it for future generations, too. They led it for us.

Now, it’s our turn. We need to honor their legacy. We need to continue their work. That’s why I’m asking you to join me and When We All Vote, my new initiative to make sure every eligible American casts their vote on Election Day.

The right to vote is the most powerful tool we have to make our voices heard as citizens. And if we want to keep this movement alive, it’s up to us to make sure everyone exercises that right in November.

There are so many ways you can help When We All Vote in this final push before Election Day:

Host an event in your neighborhood to register voters. Train your friends on how to spread the word to others. Fire folks up to do their part in our democracy. Talk to everyone you know.

There’s too much at stake this year to sit it out.

Join me on the When We All Vote team — and say you’re ready to get to work.

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