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Former First Lady Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming," emphasizes how important mentors and strong female role models have been in her life. (Credit: Barack Obama Presidential Library)
Former First Lady Michelle Obama released a video message urging people to vote in November. (Credit: Barack Obama Presidential Library)

Michelle Obama wants you to vote.

The former first lady posted a video message Sunday urging people to register to vote as the presidential election nears in November, saying this particular election “could not be more important for the future of our country.”

“We’ve only got 100 days left … and we’ve got to direct every ounce of energy we have into making sure everyone we know understands the importance of their voice and their vote,” Obama said.

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She made the push through When We All Vote, a nonpartisan organization Obama co-chairs that aims to boost voter participation. Her message was released as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose serious challenges to voting.

The group, which has experimented with digital voter registration methods and supports a mail-in voting effort, will host a “Week of Action” in September.

“With everything that’s been going on this year, this election could not be more important for the future of our country,” Obama said, as photographs of protests against police brutality float across the screen.

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“Every American deserves to have a say in the future of this country we all love.”

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