Michelle Obama and LeBron James Partner For ‘When We All Vote Together’ Initiative

Two colossal forces have banded together for a common cause.

Former first lady Michelle Obama‘s ‘When We All Vote’ and Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James‘ ‘More Than A Vote’ initiatives have announced a new partnership to host the When We All Vote Together Early Vote Weeks of Action. This combined initiative takes place between Oct. 18 to 31, to build momentum and excitement around voting early.

From Oct. 18 to Oct. 31, the two organizations will provide information, transportation, food, music, personal protective equipment (PPE), and voter protection support to all those near early voting sites in cities across the United States. Michelle Obama will also launch the #VotingSquad Challenge with When We All Vote’s co-chairs to call on more Americans to vote early and safely together. 

“Millions of Americans have already cast their ballots and with only 21 days until Election Day, making your plan to vote early is critical. It’s now up to us to do everything in our power to get our friends and family ready to vote early and safely together,” said When We All Vote Co-Chair Michelle Obama in a written statement. “We can’t leave anyone behind. I’m proud of the work When We All Vote will do with More Than a Vote and our partners to help provide on-the-ground support for Americans who will cast their ballots early.

The When We All Vote Together Early Voting Weeks of Action activations include:

  • Atlanta, GA: October 24th 
  • Charlotte, NC: Date forthcoming
  • Detroit, MI: October 24th 
  • Los Angeles, CA: October 24th 
  • Milwaukee, WI: October 24th 
  • Orlando, FL: October 24th
  • Philadelphia, PA: Date forthcoming 
  • Virtual #CouchParty: October 23rd

All events will be taking place within walking distance of all early voting sites and will include free food from partners including World Central Kitchen, DoorDash, and more; music from local DJs; celebrity and athlete appearances; personal protective equipment (PPE); and voter protection support from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and the Election Protection Coalition. Lyft will provide discounted rides to help people get to the early voting sites.

Additional partners for the Weeks of Action include BET, Comedy Central, Johnson & Johnson, MTV, National Urban League, Project Isaiah, Radio One, United Way Worldwide, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, and more.

All people involved will follow social distancing protocols, and volunteers will wear masks and gloves. If individuals do not have a mask, When We All Vote will provide one. 

Learn more about the When We All Vote Together Early Vote Weeks of Action and partner events here