Michelle Obama is seeking to mobilize more than 1 million new voters for the 2022 midterm elections. The former first lady announced this new initiative, titled Fight For Our Vote, in an open letter published as an advertisement in the Jan. 9 edition of The New York Times and also posted it on social media. Citing various voter suppression efforts that are happening in states such as Georgia and Florida, and the failure of Congress to pass voting rights protections, Obama’s letter urges readers to join her in a campaign to mobilize Americans to vote and protect voting rights.
The letter sets out several goals for this year, including registering “more than a million new voters across the country.” The advertisement also calls for mobilizing at least 100,000 volunteers to help register voters and turn out the vote, and calls for an additional 100,000 people to contact their senators and urge them to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. The letter also calls for increased voter education and for lawyers to volunteer to fight voter suppression efforts in their states.
In 2020, millions made their voices heard at the polls. But now, folks who oppose that progress are making it harder to vote. That’s why I’m asking you to join @WhenWeAllVote and 30 other organizations to turn out more voters and urge Congress to pass voting rights legislation. pic.twitter.com/hwgyyuTGy9— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 9, 2022