(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama cast an early vote ballot in her home city of Chicago Thursday.
Obama cast her ballot at the MLK Community Center on the South Side of Chicago while she there as part of a campaign swing for Democratic candidates, her office confirmed Thursday morning. Early voting in Illinois began Monday.
Obama kicked off a busy two weeks of campaign travel Wednesday when she traveled to Wisconsin to speak at a fundraiser for Sen. Russ Feingold. She then stumped in Chicago for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who is running for President Obama's old seat in the Senate. "Early voting has already started here in Illinois," Obama said in Chicago. "In fact I'll be voting tomorrow morning myself. And we need you to get folks to the polls so they can start casting their ballots this week."
She told the crowd in Chicago she was "thrilled" to be back in her home town, and was looking forward to sleeping in her own bed. The Obamas maintain a home in Chicago's Hyde Park.
Mrs. Obama has a busy schedule leading up to the mid-term election on November 2. After voting in Chicago, she will travel to Denver to speak at a fund-raising luncheon for Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet. She will join her husband in Ohio Sunday at rallies in Cleveland and Columbus, and is scheduled to speak at rallies on the West Coast later this month.