First lady votes; Obama to cast ballot in Chicago
In a photo released by Obama's campaign, first lady Michelle Obama holds up an absentee Illinois ballot.
October 15th, 2012
02:26 PM ET
2 years ago

First lady votes; Obama to cast ballot in Chicago

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama cast her ballot in the presidential election Monday, voting absentee in Illinois 22 days ahead of Election Day on November 6.

A photo of the first lady holding the envelope containing her ballot at the White House was released on the official Barack Obama Flickr account.

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In a press release, Obama's campaign also noted the president would vote early in Chicago on October 25.

"In states around the country, voters can already vote early in person or by mail," Michelle Obama said in a statement. "It means you don't have to worry about your schedule filling up, or getting sick, or having to work late on Election Day. And more than anything, it means you can act right now to move our country forward."

Depending on state law, early voting can either be done in-person, through the mail or through an absentee ballot. Some states require an excuse for absentee voting while others are moving toward no-excuse absentee balloting. Military personnel are able to vote by email.

Both Democrats and Republicans are making a push to get supporters to vote early, hoping to lock in backers well ahead of Election Day.

CNN's Allison Brennan contributed to this report.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    Don't worry First Lady, I wouldn't let anything stop me from having the pleasure of casting my 47% vote against the dummy and the mummy.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 15, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. gt

    i bet she has a picture id....

    October 15, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Pappy

    Now this is tacky. Just another skirt seeking fame. I wouldnt let my wife run around that

    October 15, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Critical Thinking

    $10 says she voted for Romney.

    October 15, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Hey Pappy, the Taliban would agree with you!

    October 15, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Padraig

    I wonder why the current administration is not pushing the issue of our US service members having the right to use their absentee ballots.

    October 15, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Padraig

    I will say that is a nice bright big bird'ish type outfit she is wearing today.

    October 15, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Wait a second....she's black...she voted for a Dem.....

    FRAUD!! SOMEONE CALL TEH 9-1-1 and HANS VON SPAKOVSKY!!!! RED ALERT!!!!!

    October 15, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    really, wow thought she would vote romney, oh but thats right she wants to be queen, but we all know what happens to queens when the king is dethroned.....lol

    October 15, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. patNY

    Unless there's some specific exception in the election law, can't one make an argument that the Obamas primary residence is in Wash. DC, and not in Chicago, and therefore, they can only vote in DC and thus, her ballot should be rejected?

    October 15, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Laverne

    Just a beautiful lady who continue to be disrespected by the hateful right, would never treat or talk to Laura Bush or Anne Romney they way they do Michelle. Black is Beautiful~

    October 15, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Guest

    Laverne – All of you already have talked about Mrs Bush and Romney that way.....the left has short term memory loss when it comes to disrespecting and attacking others for what they believe in or, in your case apparently, if they are not black!

    October 15, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Thomas

    @Gale
    Hey, Thomas. What is so great about her, except her great taste for spending tax payers money or her own special wants?

    ---

    I can wait to spend tax payers money on Mitt , Ann and there five sons who avoided doing any military duty , or there 19 grandchildren .

    It will be nice to have a Mormon temple built on the White house grounds don't you think .

    October 15, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Unless there's some specific exception in the election law, can't one make an argument that the Obamas primary residence is in Wash. DC, and not in Chicago, and therefore, they can only vote in DC and thus, her ballot should be rejected?"

    No. The Courts have always relied on the voters' INTENT as to where they be domiciled. GO LEARN THE LAW YOU IGNORANT CONSERVATIVE FOOLS.

    October 15, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Don't Vote For A Snake Oil Salesman

    @Pappy, don't you mean your husband.

    October 15, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @Padraig: "I wonder why the current administration is not pushing the issue of our US service members having the right to use their absentee ballots."

    What issue? All military personnel have access to absentee voting. For more information, go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website (fvap dot gov). Right there on the home page are two very obvious links: for active duty members and their families, and for U.S. citizens living abroad for work, school or other reasons.

    October 15, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. pat pat

    Now isn't she the picture of grace and elegance.

    October 15, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "I wonder why the current administration is not pushing the issue of our US service members having the right to use their absentee ballots."

    What the hell are you talking about? If that was a lame and mangled attempt to raise the issue of early voting in Ohio, the suit filed by the administration quite specifically was based on opening up the right to vote early FOR EVERYONE, not just th emilitary. See, it used to be for everyone, then the GOP/Teatrolls in OH took that right away from everyone and only gave it back to the military, because they hoped it would favor themselves with conservative military votes. The Courts agreed with Obama that EVERYONE shoudl have the right to vote early if they meet basic criteria for doing so. The military maintained the right...it was EXPANDED to everyone. The proof is in the pudding: early voting shows Obama getting twice as many early votes in Ohio than Mittens. THAT is why the GOP/Teatrolls in Ohio tried to take it away from everyone but the military.

    October 15, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. The REAL Truth...

    @Critical Thinking – $10 says she voted for Romney.
    -------------------------
    Wha-a-a-t ?? don't want to bet $10k ?? Don't have any friends that own Nascar teams, eh?
    Too bad..

    October 15, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. jackie

    Only thing nice are her arms that's why she shows them off.she is one ugly black lady for sure

    October 15, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "she is one ugly black lady for sure"

    And you have one ugly soul. For sure.

    October 15, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Ann Romney has serious gum disease. at least Mrs. Obama's mouth isn't full of puss and all wrinkled and scrunched up in a snooty pout.

    October 15, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. RobK

    "Vote early and vote often." Isn't that the saying in Chicago?

    October 15, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Babyboomer

    All you haters make me tired. Seems the Pres. and First Lady can do nothing right as far as ya'll are concerned. Luckily, we see through all the slurs, negative remarks, birther talk, etc. We will be there for the Obamas and Bidens come Nov. 6th..

    October 15, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |