Former first lady Michelle Obama was joined by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for her voter registration “couch party” event to stump for mail-in voting as the coronavirus pandemic has shifted the debate on safe voting practices.
Hanks and Wilson, who were the first celebrities to announce they had tested positive for the virus, took part in Obama’s Monday evening When We All Vote #CouchParty event along with thousands of volunteers and supporters who joined in from their own homes.
Hanks and Wilson are co-chairs of the group alongside Obama, who founded the effort.
Obama spoke by phone to attendees about the importance of voting being accessible to all, especially through voting-by-mail, given the dangers of the pandemic. The former first lady also noted that she and husband Barack Obama have sent in their ballots for “every election for the last decade.”
“Voting should never, ever be difficult and it should never be a partisan issue,” she continued.
Wilson echoed Obama’s sentiments, saying, “We as Americans and as voters should be able to request the options that work for us.”
“We don’t want to have to risk our health or our vote. So to make that easy, mail-in ballot, absentee ballot, I think that’s a really great compromise,” the actress added.
Hanks added that even during a health emergency, “our democratic principles mean that I want to vote [even if] I’m sick.”
“In November, we need to have every voice heard. It’s important,” Wilson chimed in.
Source: New York Post