The National Nonpartisan Organization She Launched to Increase Voter Participation in Every Election
Mrs. Obama Also Announced When We All Vote’s New Volunteer Program – Voting Squads – and a Host of Community, Corporate, and Media Partners Joining the Initiative’s Efforts.
WASHINGTON, Michelle Obama released a video message announcing 7 new Co-Chairs joining When We All Vote, a national, nonpartisan organization launched in 2018 to increase participation in every election.
Joining Mrs. Obama as co-chairs of When We All Vote – as her Voting Squad – are Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Shonda Rhimes, Megan Rapinoe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and Rita Wilson will officially join Co-Chairs Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, Janelle Monáe, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Chris Paul.
The video is being released to mark one year until the 2020 General Elections. In the video message, the Co-Chairs urge Americans to join When We All Vote and sign up to create their own “Voting Squads”.
“Last year… Millions of new voters made their voices heard for the first time. Now the stakes are even higher and we are looking to you. Our country—our democracy—is counting on you,” said Mrs. Obama. A full transcript of the video is below.
In the months directly before the 2018 midterm elections, When We All Vote organized over 2,500 local voter registration events across the country, engaged 200 million Americans online about the significance of voting, and texted nearly four million voters the resources to register and get out to vote.
This year’s Voting Squad program builds on When We All Vote’s successful 2018 digital campaign where we encouraged Americans to get out to vote. Now, When We All Vote is calling on Americans to organize their own Squads, volunteer groups aimed at getting friends, family, classmates and community registered and ready to vote.
When We All Vote also released a commemorative poster to celebrate Mrs. Obama’s Voting Squad.
When We All Vote is excited to announce a number of additional community, corporate, and media partners working closely with the organization, all committed to helping eligible Americans exercise their right to vote including, but not limited to:
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
• Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
• The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
• National Basketball Players Association, • National Education Association
• National Urban League
• The Women’s Missionary Society of the • African Methodist Episcopal Church
• XQ Institute
• YMCA Youth and Government
• Voto Latino
• Baller Alert
• BET Networks
• Comedy Central
• ICM Partners
• MTV Networks
• PAPER Magazine
• Paramount Network
• The YBF
• TV Land
• United Talent Agency
• Urban Trendsetters Television
See the full list of partners HERE.
This past Summer, When We All Vote launched My School Votes a new initiative calling on educators, students and their parents across the country to engage and register their peers to vote. Since the launch in July, thousands of teachers and students have responded by joining When We All Vote and starting voter registration programs at their schools.