President Obama on Tuesday urged a Democratic Congress to enact a progressive turnout effort, saying he would use the power of the presidency to push for the necessary changes.
Obama’s speech was delivered in front of a crowd of more than 200,000 at the National Mall in Washington as the country grapples with the worst economic crisis in decades.
He called on Congress to pass legislation that would increase the voting age to 21, allow people to register to vote and overhaul voter registration.
He also said he would sign an executive order on Tuesday requiring states to post voter registration information online.
In a speech that began with a rallying cry to Democrats on Capitol Hill, Obama called on Democrats to mobilize for a progressive agenda and urged the country to go to the polls.
The president also urged people to show up to vote in states where the vote is close and to make sure their voices are heard in Congress.
“If you’re not voting in these elections, we can still have an impact.
I’m here to tell you that you have a voice,” Obama said.
The president called for a “massive investment” in polling places, voter registration, voter education, voter guides, and other tools.
“I know we have a lot of work to do in terms of getting our country back to work, but we can do more than that,” Obama continued.
“I believe that the voices of working people can play a role in helping us turn this country around.
We can do this together.
Obama also warned of the possibility that the election will be stolen from Democrats.
“It is possible that the outcome of the November elections could be changed or that our democracy could be stolen,” Obama warned.
“We need to be ready to take this on.
But we also have to be willing to take it on in the face of opposition.
There are people who want to destroy democracy.
We’ve seen that already.
And so it is up to us to make a fight that is not going to go away.
I know there will be people who will say, ‘Don’t worry about it, we’ll vote for whoever we want.’ “
In a country where millions of people have been denied the vote, Obama added, “I know there are people in our country who believe in this election.
I know there will be people who will say, ‘Don’t worry about it, we’ll vote for whoever we want.’
But we need to make our voices heard.