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Democrats deploy Barack Obama for video voting guides

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Barack Obama is urging Americans in 24 key states to vote in his latest foray into the 2020 election, stressing in new digital videos released by the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday the need for voters to make plans for casting their ballots.

(CNN)Barack Obama is urging Americans in 24 key states to vote in his latest foray into the 2020 election, stressing in new digital videos released by the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday the need for voters to make plans for casting their ballots.

The videos, which feature the former president saying there is "so much at stake in this election," will be used digitally by the Democratic committee, including by statewide campaigns, state parties and other allied progressive groups.

Democrats have turned to their most powerful surrogates to promote voting throughout the election, leaning on Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, along with well-known celebrities, to encourage people to make concrete voting plans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"So much is at stake in this election -- from getting the pandemic under control to building a fairer economy to taking on climate change to protecting our health care," Obama says in the video.

The videos give Obama the title of "voting enthusiast," and in each he brings in a Democratic Party official or activist to walk voters in each state through their specific voting rules, including dates that early voting begins and the rules in place for people who vote by mail.

In North Carolina, for example, Brandon Gassaway, the national press secretary of the Democratic committee, walks voters through the steps they need to take.

The party and the Joe Biden campaign have poured millions into voter education and election-related lawsuits to make it easier for people to do so.

In addition to being distributed by state parties, the Democratic National Committee hopes the content will be pushed by a host of online influencers.

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