Former First Lady Michelle Obama has jumped into action as Democrats launch a new voter registration effort to increase their chance as stopping a midterm election comeback by conservatives in 2022.
Obama’s initiative When We All Vote announced a lineup of star-studded events on Tuesday. Some of those mentioned included NBA star Chris Paul, radio host Angela Yee and “Scary Movie” actress Regina Hall.
The events coordinate with National Voter Registration Week begging Sept. 23.
Why It’s Happening
“In 2020, 160 million Americans cast their ballots—shattering voter turnout records and making history. Now, in 2021, voter suppression tactics have advanced with more than 500 proposed voter suppression bills in states across the country,” the statement said.
“These harmful voter suppression tactics will negatively impact Americans’ freedom to vote, especially Black, Brown and young voters, and voters with disabilities. To combat these efforts, When We All Vote’s #BacktotheBallotBox Week of Action will host daily activations to deploy voters in the fight for the right to vote,” it added.
The efforts also “call on the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.” The acts are designed to federalize many state level election laws.
What Voter Suppression?
The “voter suppression” referred to include conservative election integrity laws approved in several Republican-led states in 2021 in response to voting irregularities in 2020.
The bill in Georgia led to widespread push back, including Major League Baseball moving its All-Star Game out of the state.
Texas has experienced the most recent drama, as Texas Democrats fled the state for Washington, D.C., to avoid a vote on a new election integrity law. The lawmakers were gone for 30 days, but the legislation eventually passed during a special session.
Opponents claim the laws are racist, but the laws themselves show no evidence of discrimination. The laws are designed to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat, according to Republicans, who largely focused bills on including proof of voter ID and better rules regarding mail-in and drop off ballots.
More than 20 states have sought to update voter integrity laws since the 2020 elections.
The effort by Michelle Obama is important in regard to increasing voter participation, but some of the movement’s goals simply are not built on the facts. In the end, America’s voters will decide in the midterms whether they want more of the left’s “voter suppression” agenda.