Former first lady Michelle Obama had a “couch party” with actors, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson on Monday evening in an effort to expand mail-in voting.
“Voting should never, ever be difficult and it should never be a partisan issue,” said Obama. The online event is a part of the “When We All Vote” initiative which is co-chaired by Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
“This pandemic, this crisis that we’re facing is proving that measures like vote by mail, early, in-person voting and online voter registration are not only long overdue, they are essential for the future of this democracy,” said Michelle.
The discussion was part of their When We All Vote initiative – a nonpartisan group whose mission is to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting.
The group was launched in 2018 by co-chairs Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.