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米歇尔奥巴马设定雄心勃勃的目标,提前登记百万选民 2022 中期选举

米歇尔奥巴马设定雄心勃勃的目标,提前登记百万选民 2022 中期选举

With the 2022 midterm elections on the horizon, 米歇尔奥巴马issued a call to action through her organization When We All Vote to protect voting rights and set an ambitious goal to register a million new voters across the country.

From Georgia and Florida to Iowa and Texas, states passed laws designed to make it harder for Americans to vote. And in other state legislatures across the nation, lawmakers have attempted to do the same,” the former first lady wrote in a letter that was published as an ad on Sunday in 纽约时报.

This type of voter suppression is not new,” 奥巴马, 57, 继续. “Generations of Americans have persevered through poll taxes, literacy tests, and laws designed to strip away their power — and they’ve done it by organizing, by protesting, and most importantly, by overcoming the barriers in front of them in order to vote. 现在, we’ve got to do the same. We’ve got to vote like the future of our democracy depends on it.

The letter, 还 published at WhenWeAllVote.org, is signed by Obama but was written in solidarity with 31 organizations —representing millions of Americans,” she wrote — focused on voting and voter rights.

With the help of the Senate’s filibuster rule requiring 60 votes to proceed on legislation, Republicans have blocked voting rights proposals three times since President 乔拜登 took office a year ago.

Conservatives argue the reforms amount to federal intrusion, though advocates say such reforms are needed to reverse mounting restrictions on mail ballots, polling place access and more parts of the voting process.

在十月, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the most recent version of a billrotten and dismissed it as part of Democrats’ “radical agenda.

自那以后, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the president have expressed their support for changing the filibuster rule by allowing acarveout— or an exception to the 60-vote threshold required in the upper chamber — for such legislation, though it’s unclear if they have enough Democratic votes to enact the change.

A push for the move is expected early this year — and Obama has stated another well-timed goal related to that fight in her letter: 到 “organize at least 100,000 Americans to contact their Senators, calling on them to do everything they can to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama
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She quoted Rep. 刘易斯, a former Georgia lawmaker and civil rights icon who died in July 2020 and whose name is on the voting rights bill currently held up in Congress.

As John Lewis said, ‘Democracy is not a state. It is an act.And protecting it requires all of us,” Obama wrote. “That’s why his generation organized, marched, and died to defend the very rights that are under attack today. And it’s why we’re calling on community leaders, organizations, businesses and all Americans to join our efforts in this critical moment for our history and the future of our country.

Among the other goals mentioned in the letter are training 100,000 volunteers to register voters and ensure they turn out at the polls on Election Day (十一月. 8), recruitingthousands of lawyers to protect voters in the states where the freedom to vote is threatened” 并 “educate voters on how to vote safely in their state.

The coalition of organizations listed on Obama’s letter will work toensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted in the 2022 midterm elections and beyond,” 她写了. “We’re asking you to join us.