October 15th, 2012
02:59 PM ET
WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama has officially cast her ballot in the 2012 presidential election.
The Obama for America campaign released a photo of her in the White House, preparing to mail her absentee ballot from the state of Illinois.
The first lady and president have recently been highlighting states' allowances for early voting and absentee ballots. Voting in her native Illinois began on September 27th. In battleground states, such as Colorado and Nevada, absentee voting begins this week. Virginia voters have been able to cast ballots since September 22nd.
“In states around the country, voters can already vote early in person or by mail,” said Mrs. Obama in a press release announcing her vote. “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.”
The campaign also announced President Obama will vote early in Chicago next week.