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Michelle Obama to promote absentee voting

Michelle Obama to promote absentee voting
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama releases her voting playlist Obama to young voters: Create 'a new normal in America' by voting for Biden Obama hits trail to help Biden, protect legacy MORE and her voting-rights organization When We All Vote will back legislation to expand vote-by-mail options amid the coronavirus pandemic, the group said, marking the first time it has endorsed federal legislation.

"There is nothing partisan about striving to live up to the promise of our country; making the democracy we all cherish more accessible; and protecting our neighbors, friends and loved ones as they participate in this cornerstone of American life,” Obama said in a statement.

The legislation in question has been introduced by Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerRestaurants brace for long COVID-19 winter Ahead of a coronavirus vaccine, Mexico's drug pricing to have far-reaching impacts on Americans Trump threatens to double down on Portland in other major cities MORE (D-Ore.), Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneDemocrats sense momentum for expanding child tax credit Democrats say affordable housing would be a top priority in a Biden administration On The Money: McConnell not certain about fifth coronavirus package | States expected to roll out unemployment boost in late August | Navarro blasts 'stupid' Kodak execs MORE (D-Wash.) and Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinCongress must repeal tax breaks for the wealthy passed in CARES Act COVID-19 and the problem of presidential succession Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates MORE (D-Md.) in the House, and Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStart focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-Minn.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenPlaintiff and defendant from Obergefell v. Hodges unite to oppose Barrett's confirmation Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing House Democrats slam FCC chairman over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump MORE (D-Ore.) in the Senate. It would allow all registered voters to vote absentee, currently a universal option in 34 states and Washington, D.C., but only available in certain circumstances in the other 16 states.

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Voting rights advocates have called for expanded vote-by-mail options amid social distancing efforts, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE has claimed that voting by mail allows for voter fraud despite casting his own ballot by mail in Florida’s primary earlier this year.

Despite an attempt by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) to delay the state’s primary earlier this month due to the pandemic, it proceeded as scheduled, resulting in long lines that raised eyebrows among both voting-rights advocates and public health experts.

"It was just deeply, profoundly concerning," Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Pelosi, Mnuchin push stimulus talks forward, McConnell applies brakes Jacobin Editor-at-Large: Valerie Jarrett's support for Citigroup executive's mayoral campaign 'microcosm' of Democrats' relationship with Wall Street Hollywood gives Biden's digital campaign final star-studded push MORE, the longtime adviser to the Obamas who chairs When We All Vote, told Axios, which first reported the push. "Our goal is to just try to make sure we maximize the number of citizens who can participate in that most fundamental and important responsibility."

The Obamas have stayed on the sidelines and declined to make a public endorsement in the protracted Democratic primaries but are likely to stump for presumptive nominee and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE now that he is the only candidate remaining among the once-crowded Democratic field.

— This report was updated at 9:20 a.m.