Barack Obama is talking to young voters to get to the polls next month in a new video that “tackles seven commonly made excuses for not voting.”
The nearly five-minute video was released by ATTN: and features Obama reading and responding to the seven reasons, which include: “I don’t care about politics,” “I don’t know where I’m supposed to vote” and “Midterms are boring.”
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Although Obama doesn’t explicitly refer to young people, a news release accompanying the video says the clip “targets the ever-elusive young voting block.”
“You wouldn’t let your grandparents pick your playlist. Why would you let them pick your representative who’s going to determine your future?” Obama says at one point.
“I understand that it’s not always easy to find time to vote on a Tuesday. That’s why in every state you can get an absentee ballot, which you can mail in or drop off ahead of Election Day,” he said in response to the excuse “I don’t have time to vote,” adding that one can vote early in many states.
“It’s like going to a private Jay-Z, Beyoncé concert,” he quips. “Just without Jay-Z and Beyoncé.”
Both Obama and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, have been encouraging voting in recent weeks. The former first lady co-chairs When We All Vote, a nonpartisan organization committed to voter registration, and has been traveling around the country to speak at events for the organization.
“Democracy continues with or without you,” she told a crowd in Las Vegas last month as she explained why it’s important that people turn out to vote in this year’s midterm elections.