Former First Lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the new year with more efforts to fight back against voter suppression in 2022. Obama sent out a lengthy letter titled “Fight For Our Vote,” urging Americans to stay focused on democracy ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
“We’ve got to vote like the future of our democracy depends on it,” the message read. “We stand united in our conviction to organize and turn out voters in the 2022 midterm elections and make our democracy work for all of us.”
Last year, state lawmakers proposed more than 500 anti-voter bills infringing upon the voting rights of Black, Brown and working-class communities in addition to voters with disabilities. Through When We All Vote, Obama hopes to “recruit and train at least 100,000 volunteers throughout 2022 to register and turn out voters in their communities,” the letter noted.
Additionally, the campaign will encourage nearly 100,000 Americans to call on their senators to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, two proposed pieces of legislation that would protect voting rights for all.