The one that makes the difference on Election Day

“That one new voter you register in your precinct, that one neighbor you help get to the polls on November 6th — that could be the one that makes the difference on Election Day.”
First Lady Michelle Obama

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  • The First Lady in Virginia: “We’re about action today”

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    First Lady Michelle Obama in Leesburg, Virginia

    “For the next 28 days we need you to work like you’ve never worked before. You hear me? Sign up with one of our volunteers here today to make phone calls, to knock on doors. I want you, more importantly, to talk to everyone you know—your friends, your neighbors, that nephew you know who's not registered. Smack him in the back of the head! The classmates you haven't talked to in years—call them. Tell them what’s at stake. Make sure they register to vote.

    “And see, this is important, because the voter registration deadline here in Virginia is Monday, October the 15th. So it's coming, right? So I don’t want anybody waking up on Election Day going, ‘I'm going to vote!’ and they didn’t register. Especially if you're a new voter, if you've moved, right? Students, you've got a new address, you've got to re-register. So you can get registered today, because we've got volunteers here with clipboards and forms today. We’re about action today.”
    —First Lady Michelle Obama in Leesburg, Virginia

    As the fired up crowd poured out of the rally at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds, many supporters took the First Lady’s message to heart and got themselves registered and ready to vote before the deadline.

    Got friends in Virginia? Take a look at some highlights from the event in Leesburg, then remind them to register using our new Facebook app.

  • Michelle Obama inspires Iowa students to vote early

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    First Lady Michelle Obama in Cedar Falls, Iowa

    “So right after I’m done speaking, I want you all to walk out that main door and follow the volunteers, and do your part to move this country forward.”

    Students vote early in Cedar Falls, IowaThe First Lady visited the University of Northern Iowa to encourage students to vote early—and the students didn’t waste a second. After hearing from the First Lady, the crowd marched to a nearby voting site to cast their ballots for President Obama.

    Excited to vote? Find out if you can vote early in your state.

  • Michelle Obama: “We’ve been there”

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    First Lady Michelle Obama in North Carolina

    The First Lady visited East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina today to talk to students about what President Obama wants for college graduates:

    “When it comes to giving our young people the education they deserve, Barack knows that like me and like so many of you, he never could have attended college—never—without financial aid.

    “In fact, what I shared in Charlotte was that when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage. So, believe me, when it comes to student debt, Barack and I, we’ve been there. And that’s why he’s fought so hard to double funding for Pell Grants, fought so hard to keep interest rates down. Because you have a President who wants you all to have the skills you need for the jobs of the future—those kind of jobs, the good jobs you can raise a family on, jobs that will drive this economy for decades to come. That’s what your President wants."

  • The First Lady in Florida

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    First Lady Michelle Obama in Gainesville

    “Think back to what happened in this state in 2008. Back then Barack won Florida by 236,000 votes. Now, that might sound like a lot, but here’s what it looks like when you break it down—that’s just 36 votes per precinct … So get that number in your head, because that could mean just one vote in your neighborhood, in your dorm. Just one vote in your apartment building could make the difference.”

    Hitting the campaign trail with just 50 days to go and a sense of urgency yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama attracted huge crowds in North Florida. At a stop in Tallahassee, she reiterated a message that has become an important theme: The 2008 election was close, and this one will be even closer.

    “So if there’s anyone here sitting here thinking to themselves that maybe their vote doesn’t matter, if there’s anybody here thinking that maybe my involvement doesn’t count, that maybe in this complex political process ordinary folks can’t possibly make a difference—if anybody here is thinking about that, I want you to think about those 36 votes.

    “Look around this room. In this stadium, everyone in here could win this election—36 people. With just a few evenings on a phone bank, with just a few weekends knocking on doors, just a few of you here could swing an entire precinct for Barack Obama. And if we win enough precincts, we will win this state. And if we win Florida, we’ll be well on our way to putting Barack Obama back in the White House for four more years. We’re right here. We’re close.”

    Gainesville students

    The Tallahassee crowd was full of Floridians who believe in the First Lady and her husband. Latya, Tyra, and Victory showed up to see Michelle Obama because they see her as an inspiration to their generation. Latya put it this way:

    “The First Lady inspires us as young women to be all we can be. I feel a true connection to her, and I think that she's made it clear that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”

    Volunteer family in Gainesville

    In Gainesville, folks are teaming up with friends and family to get behind President Obama as volunteers. 15-year-old Andrew says:

    “Even if I can't vote yet, I like feeling like I'm contributing to the political system because it affects my life. I'm helping us actively move forward.”

    His little sister Michaela thinks volunteering is more fun as a family, and she hit the nail on the head about the First Lady’s tendency to spur her husband’s supporters into action:

    “People will be excited to sign up to volunteer after they see the First Lady speak.”