'I am frustrated too': Michelle Obama urges voters to register ahead of midterms

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A star-studded voter registration drive launched by Michelle Obama kicked off its national week of action this weekend with events across the country, including a rally by the former first lady on Sunday at Chaparral high school in Las Vegas.

The drive, When We All Vote, marks Obama’s return to the political stage, aiming to encourage voter participation and “spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy”.

The effort aims to be nonpartisan and to combat ambivalence and cynicism in the electorate. Co-led by several former Obama White House advisers, it will stage rallies in cities such as Pittsburgh and Miami, where celebrities like Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Janelle Monáe will promote civic engagement and the need to participate in voter outreach.