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Former President Barack Obama is calling on young voters to create "a new normal in America" and cast their ballots for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as Election Day approaches.
"One of the most inspiring things about this year has been to see so many young Americans fired up, organizing, marching, and fighting for change. Your generation can be the one that creates a new normal in America - one that's fairer, where the system treats everybody equally, and gives everybody opportunity. We can come out of this moment stronger than before," Obama said in a video tweeted Tuesday night.
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The former president also noted that "voting doesn't accomplish that one its own. But we can't accomplish that without voting."
"I know there's plenty out there to make people feel cynical. And plenty of people are going to seize on that to convince you that your vote doesn't matter. It's not new. It's one of the oldest voter suppression tactics there is. What is new is a growing movement for justice, equality and progress on so many issues," Obama added.
One of the most inspiring things about this year has been seeing so many young people organizing, marching, and fighting for change. And to change the game on any of the issues we care about, we've got to vote for- Barack Obama (@BarackObama) and .
Obama, who willin support of his former vice president on Wednesday, called the Nov. 3 election a "tipping point" for movements energizing young voters.
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"In times as polarized as these, your vote doesn't just matter - it matters more than ever before. And to change the game on any of the issues we care about, Joe Biden needs your vote," Obama said.
"I know Joe better than almost anybody. I trust him to be a great president. He's different He's on the right side of the issues. He'll get the job done. And Joe and Kamala will want you to keep pushing them to get the job done. Participate and vote. It's not always pretty, trust me, I know. But it's how, bit by bit, we've made progress over the generations. And it's how your generation is going to change the game entirely," Obama continued.
Afrom the progressive group NextGen America showed 77 percent of registered voters aged 18 to 35 across 13 battleground states said they "definitely will vote" in the upcoming elections, representing a 7-point increase since July.
Young voters havethan other age groups in U.S. elections. However, in the group saw a 16-point jump in voter participation in the 2018 midterms compared to the 2014 election.
Former first lady Michelle Obama last month alsoin the upcoming election.
"Voting is easy. It is something that we can do. Don't listen to people who will say that somehow voting is rigged and your vote will get lost and it won't be counted. That is not true," she said during an Instagram Live event with actress Zendaya.
Survey: Nearly 2 out of 3 voters will cast their ballots early in-person or by mail, not on Election Day .
The survey showed a significant partisan divide, too. Those supporting Biden are more likely to say they plan to vote by mail than those who support Trump.When combining those who are voting by mail (42%) and those who voting early in-person (26%), nearly 2 in 3 voters will be casting their ballot ahead of Election Day, according to a survey from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project.