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Did Your Squad Vote? Michelle Obama Wants to Know

Did Your Squad Vote? Michelle Obama Wants to Know

Michelle Obama on Friday rolled out the #VotingSquad campaign for When We All Vote -- her nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. The #VotingSquad campaign is a digital movement aimed for individual voters to remind at least five people from family to friends to get out and vote by either voting early, by absentee, by mail, or at the polls for the 2018 midterm election. "I’m challenging everyone across the country to start a #VotingSquad to get your friends and family ready to vote," Obama tweeted Friday. “Build your squad & then tag 5 others to do the same!" In the accompanying campaign video, FLOTUS44 said, “I learned a little secret. You are the best messengers to get out the vote. You know who's too busy or too forgetful or who might flake out on Election Day.” She then challenged fellow When We All Vote co-chairs Tom HanksLin-Manuel MirandaJanelle MonáeChris PaulFaith Hill, and Tim McGraw to create their digital campaign ad in joining the call-to-action. According to the United States Election Project, voter turnout in midterm elections hasn't cracked 50% since 1942 and hasn't even reached 45% since 1974. But that may be changing this go round. According to the Pew Research Center, eligible voters saying they're more enthusiastic about voting this cycle than in previous cycles is at a 12-year high. Voter enthusiasm is relatively high among voters in both parties, but it is somewhat higher among voters who favor the Democrats. Overall, 61% of all registered voters say they are more enthusiastic about voting than in past congressional elections, higher than at any point during midterms in the past two decades. A record share of registered voters -- 72% -- say the issue of which party controls Congress will be a factor in their vote. See Michelle Obama’s video here.

Barack Obama Stumps for Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams

Barack Obama Stumps for Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams

Discrimination Complaint Filed Against Henry Cuellar

Discrimination Complaint Filed Against Henry Cuellar