The former United States President is doing what he can in his capacity to combat voter suppression.
Former President Barack Obama has been rather busy this election cycle - making appearances at the virtual Democratic National Convention earlier this year, but also filming videos. On Tuesday, he released 18 different videos for voters in various states, explaining how to submit their votes. The videos arrived 21 days before the November 3 Presidential elections and are bound to help voters who are unsure about how to cast their ballot this year, The Hill reports. Obama claimed that there was "so much at stake in this election," which is why every single American citizen's vote counts so much.
Former President Barack Obama is urging Americans in 24 key states to vote in his latest foray into the 2020 election. In new videos for the Democratic National Committee, he stresses the need for voters to make plans for casting their ballots https://t.co/M5s5bExJPZ— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 14, 2020
"So much is at stake in this election, from getting the pandemic under control to building a fairer economy to taking on climate change to protecting our health care," the former President stated, looking straight into the camera. "You can change our direction on every issue. That’s the power of your vote." Voters in the following states will be happy to know that Obama recorded specific videos just for them: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. If your state is not mentioned in this list, not to worry. The Democratic National Convention sent out a press release earlier this week stating that more videos for other states are yet to come.
The videos are particularly essential this year owing to the ongoing public health crisis. Many Americans are unsure of how to cast their ballots in a manner that does not put them at risk of catching the deadly Coronavirus. While some have chosen to cast their votes by mail, others do plan to head to the polls. More importantly, however, Democrats have routinely accused the GOP of suppressing votes during this election cycle. Not only has incumbent President Donald Trump continually attacked mail-in voting, causing confusion and casting doubt, but all across the country, there have been complaints of mailboxes mysteriously disappearing owing to executive decisions at the United States Postal Service.
There’s a lot at stake in this election 🍊, and it’s critical that we all make our voices heard. Hear from #1 voting enthusiast, President Barack Obama himself, on how to make your voting plan. Watch now 📺 and then head to https://t.co/ScE5PxX1bK to get started. pic.twitter.com/ANpNWJbh5h— Melanie #FlipItBlue (@CheesyBread9) October 13, 2020
In response, Republicans have only peddled the debunked claim that widespread voter fraud exists in the United States. This year, voter turnout is expected to be unprecedented. Just last week, more than 6.6 million Americans cast their votes, and more will be on their way. Up to 150 million people could vote this year (that is 65 percent of eligible voters), as predicted by Michael McDonald of the University of Florida, which runs the United States Election Project. At present, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden is in the lead, but state polling data show that he is neck and neck against Trump in what Joseph Choi writing for The Hill described as "battleground states." While Obama's videos may not guarantee a vote for his candidate of choice, they will certainly help combat voter suppression and aid a fair and free 2020 Presidential election.