Former first lady Michelle Obama is now mobilizing celebrities to prepare for next year’s midterms, bringing in famous faces to push crucial legislation for Democrats including the John Lewis Voting Act, which would give federal control over elections and cancel voter ID requirements.
Michelle Obama’s organization, called When We All Vote, has said new events featuring Scary Movie star Regina Hall, TikTok influencer La’Ron Hines, NBA player Chris Paul, and “The Breakfast Club” host Angela Yee. These events will center on voter registration in communities while also pushing Democrat-supported legislation.
They will also put on events targeting the “voter suppression agenda” in Georgia and Texas, which recently were passed to combat fraud.
Started by Michelle Obama, When We All Vote is says it is a “nonpartisan initiative” that makes use of celebrity influencers to push voter registration and “changing the culture around voting.” Among its celebrities are Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, and soccer star Megan Rapinoe — all Joe Biden supporters during last year’s presidential race.
The group is aggressively pushing the U.S. Senate to support the John Lewis Voting Act, which would radically change America’s electoral system to help Democrats. The House enacted the bill in Aug. but it faces issues and setbacks in the Senate.
As we have reported, the bill would allow for Washington to take over local and state elections and remove voter ID requirements.
Michelle Obama is also pushing a similar idea introduced by Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) — the strangely named Freedom to Vote Act, which would federalize all elections and mandate provisions like drop boxes for absentee voters, which critics have slammed as invitation to fraud.
When We All Vote’s first scheduled event will be the “#BacktotheBallotBox Week,” which will happen from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 and include several Live Instagram discussions.
— When We All Vote (@WhenWeAllVote) September 21, 2021
La’Ron Hines will start off the social media campaign with “#MyStoryMyVote” to push people to share “stories of voter suppression” and kick off the “fight for voter rights legislation.”
During the presidential race last year, When We All Vote used its large celebrity power to push for vote by mail, including an online event that had appearances by Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and former Obama team member Valerie Jarrett.
Author: Scott Dowdy