Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama this Friday stressed the importance of African-American voters voting during legislative elections in November, especially as some parts of the country are “getting harder to vote”.
“We see how some polling stations are closed, voting hours are cut, and voters are taken off lists,” Obama said on National Black Voters’ Day to encourage electoral participation. Condemned during a video for , which is an initiative of Beta Television’s series. who was born in 2020.
Since Joe Biden’s electoral victory in the 2020 presidential elections, several Republican-ruled states, such as Georgia or Texas, have passed laws that restrict the right to vote.
These restrictions range from limiting the ability to vote by mail to requiring government photo identification that many voters in the United States do not have.
In fact, studies show that the requirement to show official identification during voting reduces the number of African-American voters who go to the polls, something that has traditionally benefited Republicans.
Conservatives argue that these restrictions are necessary to ensure that election results are not tainted, in line with former President Donald Trump’s baseless allegation that the 2020 election was rigged.
The video, which also stars American basketball player Chris Paul, was produced by the organization When We All Vote, founded in 2018 by the former first lady to encourage electoral participation of African Americans.
According to data from the Brennan Center for Justice, during the 2020 election, more than 70% of white voters registered to vote – a requirement in the US electoral system – cast their vote, while the percentage of blacks who voted was 63%. ,