Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBloomberg threatens to shake up 2020 primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Michelle Obama unveils all-star lineup for 2020 get-out-the-vote push MORE is urging teachers in a new public service announcement to help their students register to vote as part of her new nonpartisan voter registration effort.

In a video released Thursday, the former first lady said that the current generation of students would be active in shaping "the course of our communities and our country."


"Last year I launched When We All Vote, a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote effort to help make sure everyone makes their voice heard loud and clear," Obama said.

"In November, our country saw historic voter turnout, and that's progress we should celebrate," she continued, before calling that number still "far too low."

"Only 1 in 3 of our youngest voters cast a ballot. That means two-thirds of these young people aren't showing up," Obama said. "It's up to us to flip that script, to show young people how crucial their voices are."

Voter turnout among Americans 18–26 surged 79 percent in 2018 from the previous election, jumping from 20 percent of eligible Americans in that age bracket to 36 percent. The increase was the largest among any age group between 2016 and 2018.

Turnout for younger Americans is historically lower than other age groups: In 2016, about 68 percent of men and 65 percent of women aged 65 and older voted.

Obama launched her voter turnout organization last year alongside celebrities including actors Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda and NBA star Chris Paul.

Her memoir, "Becoming," hit stores in November and crossed the 10 million sales mark earlier this year.