October 14th, 2010
11:04 AM ET
12 years ago

First lady casts early ballot

(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.

Filed under: 2010 • Illinois • Michelle Obama
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    Best 1st lady ever.

    October 14, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. phoenix86

    Michelle Obama cast her first of many votes. Corruption is the base character of the Obamas.

    October 14, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. stevegee

    The citizens of the USA have a choice: vote for more of the failed Socialist "change" like ObamaCareless and Stimulust. OR vote for more freedom and liberty like what made our country great!

    On November 2nd, vote American, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 14, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. stufit

    She a democrat liberal from Chicago, it is the first of many votes she will cast in this election.

    October 14, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    Keep spreading INSPIRATION and LOVE to all Americans, Michelle!!!

    October 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |