Here's Why Michelle Obama Wants You To Start Your Own Midterm Voting Squad

Election Day 2018 is Tuesday, November 6.

When it comes to exercise, you're more likely to achieve your goals if you have people in your corner hold you accountable. Well, as Michelle Obama's latest initiative emphasizes, the same holds true for exercising your right to vote. 

As part of her continued campaign to get out the vote, the former first lady now wants people to establish voting squads in an effort to ensure everyone makes it to the polls on November 6.

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According to Obama's When We All Vote website, "Everything is more fun with friends — and the same goes for voting. Pick at least five people in your life to help make sure they are ready to vote — whether that's early voting, voting by mail, absentee, and even showing up to the polls on November 6. They can live in different states or right in your own community, you just need to make sure you can start a group text thread and help them get ready to vote!"

"For over a decade, I've been traveling the country trying to get more people to vote," Obama explains in the initiative's official video. "And during that time, I learned a little secret: You are the best messengers to get out the vote. You know who's too busy or too forgetful or who might flake out on Election Day."

If you've ever received (or ignored) a chain letter, then you already know how the Voting Squad process operates. First, pick at least five people — friends, family, colleagues, etc. — and start an email or text chain. No matter your mode of communication, use this opportunity to prepare your squad for Election Day. Since you'd be the leader, you'll need to make sure everyone's registered and knows where to vote. 

Once you've established your squad, share the information across social media. In your post, tag three to five people and challenge them to do the same. (Oh, and don't forget to use the #VotingSquad hashtag!)

Obama challenged five of her famous friends to create their own Voting Squad via Twitter, and those celebrities were quick to single out their own selections.

Earlier this year, in preparation for the crucial midterm elections, Obama told her followers about her father's lifelong assertion that "voting is a sacred responsibility," and that he made sure to show up for "every single election," rain or shine: "I would watch my dad vote and think, 'Wow, what a special responsibility that must be, and it must be something important, for him to take this much time out and push himself to get to the polling place.'"

Whether you vote regularly, or you're new to the entire process, showing up to the polls on November 6 allows you to lend your voice to the issues that matter most to you. To learn more about your polling location and who's on your local ballot, visit whenweallvote.org for everything you need to know ahead of the big day.

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