Well, this might be as close as we’ll get to a second Obama presidency — but it it’ll have to do for now.
Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama is already jumping into the midterm election fray, and she’s recruiting a few famous friends to join her.
The new organization “When We All Vote” has released a video PSA, showcasing Obama calling her friend Lin-Manuel Miranda and asking for his help in getting out the word to increase voter registration. Tom Hanks, Houston Rockets basketball star Chris Paul, and singers Janelle Monae, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw also star in the two-minute video — and they all happen to be co-chairs of the new nonpartisan nonprofit, according to CNN.
“Our democracy, in the country we love, requires our attention, voice, and participation,” says Obama, who encourages voting not just for the main event — but for all of them. ”If we really want our voices to be heard, we need to vote in every election. Not just for president, but for every office: school board, statehouse, Senate, all of them … When we all vote, we determine our future.”
It looks like this is just the first big voter registration push by “When We All Vote” in advance of events this September, and the group is encouraging people to talk to family, friends, and neighbors and to open up a dialogue of discussion about “our most basic American responsibility.”
It’s a big job ahead. In 2014, more than 1/5th of eligible American citizens were not registered to vote, according to research cited in the When We All Vote press release.
As Janelle Monae points out in the video, four million Americans are turning 18 year this year. “That’s huge,” says the singer, “and we need every last one of them to register to vote. Because let’s be real, it’s gonna be the young people of this generation that will change the world.”
Starting with digital outreach — aka, finding young voters where their attention already is — is a smart way to start.
Watch the video PSA below.
Read the full story on CNN.