Michelle Obama Shares A Memory Of Her Father To Show The Importance Of Voting

"Voting is a sacred responsibility."

Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently shared a moving story about her late father to explain why voting is so important to her. It's part of the When We All Vote campaign, which seeks to encourage Americans to get out to the polls for more than just the presidential election.

Obama recalled going to the polling place with her father, who had multiple sclerosis. She described "how much effort it took for him to park his car, to get his crutches to walk into the church basement in our local neighborhood where he voted."

She said her father 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.' "

Obama said this is one reason she votes in every election, which she believes is "the only way you can have your voice heard." She shared video of her story on Twitter Wednesday, emphasizing her father's lesson that "voting is a sacred responsibility."

Obama is a co-chair for When We All Vote, and appeared in a star-studded video for the initiative last month. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monaé, and Tom Hanks all made appearances in the clip to encourage Americans to make their voices heard at the polls in this November's midterm elections.

"It's gonna be the young people of this generation that will change the world," Monaé shared in the video.

In her tweet, Obama encouraged her followers to join When We All Vote for a "Week of Action" in September, which will be marked by voter registration events across the country. You can sign up to host an event or join one in your community on the campaign's website.

(H/T: Mashable)

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