Democrats are preparing to launch a wave of opposition to President Donald Trump and his Republican allies across the government in the upcoming elections. On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama posted a message on Twitter encouraging his followers to request a mail-in ballot ahead of the November general election. Requesting a mail-in ballot helps voters avoid issues that might pop up on Election Day and thereby ensure that they get a chance to make their voice heard. In the era of the Coronavirus pandemic, those Election Day concerns might include potential exposure to the Coronavirus — so mail-in ballots are important.
‘It’s National Vote By Mail Day. Voting by mail is easy and safe. Take a few minutes to request your vote-by-mail ballot, then get your family and friends to do the same. Request your ballot early, send it back early, and fill it out carefully. Get started: http://votesaveamerica.com/everylastvote/’
It's National Vote By Mail Day. Voting by mail is easy and safe. Take a few minutes to request your vote-by-mail ballot, then get your family and friends to do the same. Request your ballot early, send it back early, and fill it out carefully. Get started: https://t.co/pmWQqs4PbB pic.twitter.com/JlOWmkJG57
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 28, 2020
Obama’s encouragement for his followers to request a mail-in ballot comes on the heels of other activism that former First Lady Michelle Obama has helped lead to encourage Americans to register to vote and prepare to cast their ballots. Since before the 2018 midterm elections, Michelle has been leading an organization called When We All Vote, which has backed initiatives like voter registration pushes across the country.
Encouraging voter turnout should not be a partisan issue, but it’s become one, as if Republicans are afraid that if Americans have their voices heard, the GOP will be pushed out. Trump has ranted and raved against mail-in voting with completely baseless allegations that it’s ripe with potential for fraud. In fact, mail-in voting has long been used at very high rates in areas around the country, and the Brennan Center even reports that in “the last two federal elections, roughly one out of every four Americans cast a mail ballot.”
Meanwhile, Obama is continuing his activism on behalf of Democratic causes. On Tuesday, the former president was set to participate in a virtual fundraiser alongside actor George Clooney. Tickets started at $250 and went up to $250,000, and the fundraiser came after other successful fundraising with Obama in the forefront, like a recent virtual event with Biden and Obama that brought in $7.6 million.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: