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Obama says making a voting plan is part of ‘how to quarantine successfully’

Former President Obama is pushing young Americans to make a plan to vote, saying there are “a lot of people out there trying to confuse and mislead you about this election.”

“They’re trying to make you cynical,” Obama says in the video released Wednesday by ATTN:. “They’re trying to get you to believe that your vote doesn’t matter. Do not let them do that.”

Obama says in the video that over the last few months he’s “learned a thing or two from young people about how to quarantine successfully,” including how to make a “mean sourdough starter.”

“You showed me the Renegade challenge — great name by the way — which I’ve been enjoying on my finsta,” he says with a grin.

The 59-year-old former commander in chief says that making change this November will depend on young people. 

“Since we’re still dealing with a pandemic, we’ve got to approach voting just like we do everything else these days: shopping, ordering dinner, pulling off a surprise birthday party over Zoom. We’ve got to plan.”

He then encourages viewers to register to vote and make a plan to either vote in-person or by mail.

“Some places call this absentee voting. You might hear it called voting from home. It’s all the same, like Donald Glover and Childish Gambino,” Obama says.

President Trump has repeatedly criticized mail-in voting and Democratic efforts to expand it, suggesting the process leads to more fraud, despite a lack of evidence.

“Our democracy is a precious thing, and it’s up to all of us to protect it,” Obama tells the camera, encouraging viewers to vote as early as they can.

At the end of the video, Obama is seen getting up from his chair, saying, “Now that we’re done with that, do you want to see my Renegade?”

Tags 2020 2020 election absentee ballots absentee voting Barack Obama Donald Trump mail-in ballots mail-in voting Vote by Mail

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