First Lady casts early ballot
The Obama for America campaign releases a picture of Michelle Obama preparing to mail in her early ballot.
October 15th, 2012
02:59 PM ET

First Lady casts early ballot

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.

soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. riazzo

    Now she will cast a ballot in Florida, DC, Chicago and Hawaii.

    October 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • lynette

      You wish. All that Malarkey about voter fraud is just voter suppression, plain and simple.

      October 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Let me guess, ACORN was a law abiding organization with high integrity, right?

        October 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
      • John

        WHy would anyone have issues with showing an ID at the polls in order to vote? You can say all you want there is no voter fraud anywhere and it has never happened, but you would be wrong. If people would be required to show ID there would be no question.
        Maybe you could better spend your energy on writing something about the military folks overseas not getting ballots in time to cast their votes?

        October 16, 2012 at 8:00 am |
      • DEcember 2012


        October 17, 2012 at 3:04 am |
      • Howard

        Obama never takes responsibility for his actions ... instead, he constatntly blames others ... he throws others under the bus ... has others take the blame for him ... uses Executive Privilege ... blames syntax ... acts indignant ... avoids the issue ... refuses to answer ... has the biased mainstream media, or his devout obama stooges, circle the wagons, or cover his tracks .... or he just resorts to outright lying ... anything to avoid taking responsibility. It's time to replace this poor excuse for a President, with a man of integrity, honesty, and character ... someone with the actual experience and know how to repair all of the damage Obama has caused over the past 4 years ... Mitt Romney 2012 !!!

        October 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
      • scott

        Gee I hope my hubby does not find out that I voted for Mitt, he is so dreamy.

        October 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
      • Serenafan16

        If she votes in Florida she'd better remove hanging chads because all those Obama votes will go directly to Mitt.

        October 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
      • jean2009

        How about Florida Republican's – Strategic Allied Consulting? The Republican Party fired a voter registration contractor this week after the firm turned in illegible, incorrect, and falsified voter registration forms to Florida election officials.

        October 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • Howard

        After discovering blatant voter fraud in Ohio, the authorities there repeatedly contacted Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, for help ... but they never got a response !!!

        October 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Howard


      Are we in trouble or what?
      Tom Selkis' (Latham Ford) Facebook..........
      True story yesterday at the dealership.....

      "I'll try to make this as short and to the point as I can. One of my
      salesmen here had a woman in his office yesterday wanting to lease a brand new Focus. As he was reviewing her credit app with her he noticed she was on social security disability. He said to her you don't look like you're disabled and unable to work. She said "well I'm really not, I could work if I wanted to but I make more now then I did when I was working and got hurt" (non-disabling injury).She said the gov't sends her $1500.00 a month in 1 check; she gets $700.00 a month on an EBTcard (food stamps), and $800.00 a month for rent. Oh yeah and 250 mins
      free on her phone. That is just south of $3500.00 a month.When she was working she was taking home about $330.00 per week. Do the math and then ask yourself: "why the hell should she go back to work?" If you multiply that by millions of people you start to realize the scope of the problem we face as a country. Once the socialists have 51% of the population in that same scenerio we are finished........ and we are real, real close. The question is: when do we cross that threshold if we haven't already?
      She didn't lease the Focus here because the dealer down the road beat our deal by $10.00month. Glad to know she is so frugal with her hard earned money!

      October 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
      • Reggie19

        Obama and his administration are allowing all of thiese fraudulant things to happen. Anyway why is she using her disability check to lease a car? Why is this allowed? America is really going to get broke soon if these kind of things keep happening. That is why Romney and Ryan will put a stop to it so these people better get ready to start looking for work.

        October 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • downwithpundits

        That story pure is fiction, but nice try anyway. I work for SSI and there is no way that woman could draw more disability than what she was earning. It's closer to half of that. Either she lied to get a new car or you and your friend lied to score points.

        October 17, 2012 at 5:47 am |
      • strongheaded & smart ass

        And we can continue adding names to that list of lazy uneducated fools; ask Obama.

        October 17, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • jean2009

        Another effort by the school of Howard's myth-based writing course, with the New Boston teapotty website as his source. Basically this myth has been called pure B S on more than one site. All Howard does is regurgitate viral email hoaxes and other ultra-right wing myths as if they are fact.

        October 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • jean2009

        Another effort from the Howard myth based school of journalism...with the aid of the New Boston Tea Potty website. Howard spends his days posting viral email hoaxes as if they are reality, and other myths which hve been proclaimed for what they really are pure B S.

        October 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
      • Howard

        After Romney is elected on November 6th ... we can get rid of Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi ... and all the unelected Czars ... appointed bureaucrats ... Obama cronies ... Obama media stooges ... Obama celebrity stooges ... and, finally return America to its former greatness !!!

        October 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Reggie19

      I agree with you. We may see another Michelle casting her vote somewhere else. You never know!!!!!

      October 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • garcia1200

        thats not true

        October 17, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • Howard


      October 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • strongheaded & smart ass

      Oh Yeah! I wonder (REALLY.)who she voted for and did she have to nudge her mother to do the same or she will kick her out of OUR house!!

      October 17, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Jersey Bill

      "Vote early and often." – Michelle

      October 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • Howard

      The Obama's are masters at spending and redistributing other people's money. They make Bernie Madoff look like a rank amateur.

      October 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  2. lynette

    DEFINITELY vote early!!!!

    October 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Serenafan16

      Yea! I voted today alone with my daughter and granny. That's 3 more in hopes to keep moving forward with gaining jobs instead of losing them like it was when obama came into....all politics aside that matters to me and my family!

      October 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Howard


      October 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  3. Kool-Aid Police

    Why is this news? It's obvious who's shes voting for, but like they say in Chicago, "Vote early and vote often".

    October 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • prpr

      Probably going to be away on one of her taxpayer vacations.

      October 16, 2012 at 3:23 am |
    • garcia1200

      well you may never dont jump to conclusions

      October 17, 2012 at 12:55 am |
  4. Kool-Aid Police

    FAST FACTS About Romney For President, Romney Victory, and RNC Fundraising:

    · Over $170.48 Million Raised In September

    · 93.1% Of All Donations Received In September Were $250 Or Less

    · $43.15 Million Raised By Donations Under $250 In September

    · 1,011,773 Donations Received Under $250 In September

    · Approximately $191.23 Million Cash On Hand

    · Contributions Received From All 50 States And Washington, D.C.

    I posted this just for Lionel.

    October 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  5. Hiram3

    Gee, what a surprise – she voted for the community, organizer !! If she had any foresight she would have voted for the smarter candidate – Governor Romney !!!

    October 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  6. Sam

    Stupid...that is definitely NOT news!!!

    October 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  7. Jay in NC

    Serious question, what is to prevent someone from mailing in an absentee vote for someone else?

    Why are Liberals OK with the fact that you have to have an ID to obtain food stamps. Is this not keeping people from receiving services?

    October 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Lefties don't think, they simply follow what their overseers tell them what to do. If Obama says such and such is good or such and such is bad they accept it without question. Contradictions, illogic and known falsehoods mean nothing to them. Just the other day Obama said "Every life is special" yet at the same time he wants abortion at any time in the term (in Illinois he sponsored a bill supporting infanticide) and lefties see nothing wrong with this at all. The worst thing is he wants taxpayers to foot the bill. Obama's words are bedrock gospel to lefties and he is their god, you simply can't convince them otherwise.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Kevin

      Voter suppression is not an offering of the liberals. This season it is only pressed by the conservatives.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  8. sayer


    October 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • garcia1200


      October 17, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  9. pappy

    What a waste

    October 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • garcia1200

      how is that a waste????

      October 17, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  10. 2020

    American spent 1T to Iraq war, think of how many PHOTO ID that will pay for all American citizens, residents the like.
    All things are relative.

    With all the spending suing and being suing for PHOTO ID, why won't the Government, state, county. city private and corporation all chip in to do up a nation wide PHOTO social security card, with security chips.

    That is the end of squabble. This is not a red thing or blue thing. Do it American way.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Obama has spent $6 trillion in the past 3.5 years. That is $18,000 per person. $72,000 for a family of 4. Imagine what you personally could have done with that money. Start a biz, pay for education, pay off your home. Invest and create jobs.

      BTW, both the Iraq and Afghanistan war cost about $1 trillion total. Obama has spent more on Afghanistan than Bush did on Iraq. Many, many more people have died in Afghanistan under Obama.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  11. jerrylax

    well barry/barack got one vote, and I'm sure more from chicago to follow. He is losing voters everywhere, we don't see those obama yard and bumper signs like we did in 2008...people have had an awakening. The obama experiment is over.

    October 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Brandon_D

      Weird, I live in TX (way red) and I've seen more Obama bumper stickers and yard signs that I have Romney... I've actually only see one Romney yard sign, and no Romney bumper stickers. Do you think you're grasping slightly?

      October 16, 2012 at 9:12 am |
      • jerrylax

        we have three people with ALL democrat yard signs in their yards...and no Romney signs. Conservatives don't broadcast their a rule...never have.

        October 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  12. joe

    Vote early or just vote. I see plenty of lawn signs jerry. You must live in a red area. Or get your info from fox. People still don't get the voter fraud stuff. There is none. Look at statistics. Lots of elderly don't have photo ID so does that mean they can't vote??

    October 16, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • John

      Let's ask everyone – are political signs around where you live?
      In So. NH where I live I see very few signs for either candidate. During the last election Obama signs were everywhere. Yesterday I did see a bunch of what looked to be maybe 10 retirees holding Obama signs on the sign of the road

      October 16, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • jerrylax

      no Joe...this is Washington State...a blue state. The fact is yes there are obama signs but about 90$ less than we saw in 2008. And, the conversations in restaurants and etc. are pro Romney.

      October 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  13. Sarah

    Anyone that doesn't realize how easy it is to vote lots of times is really unaware of how easy it is. I know I would be able to vote 6 different times under 6 different names as I know those six people are not going to vote themselves. And they live in a state that does not have voter i.d. laws so it's would be a truly easy thing to do. Maybe I will try it. Bet I get away with it. And no one seems to think it's a big deal, why not go for it? And just so you know, I won't be voting for Obama. Six votes for Romney. Yipee.

    October 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  14. garcia1200

    it is good that she voted......i bet she voted for obama which is good....

    October 17, 2012 at 12:52 am |
  15. strongheaded & smart ass

    No crap Chicago! Your SON is coming home enxt week to vote!! KEEP HIM HOME;which includes his mother in law.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  16. jerrylax

    I wonder how mz obama felt when she watched her husband lying through his big teeth? Oh wait, that is what they do in chicago..the murder capital of the world.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  17. California Consevative

    Unless she's voting for Romney this is not news.

    CNN have you realyl sunk to NBC standards of below tabloid status?

    October 17, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  18. Dean

    Obviously, she didn't base her vote on the debates.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  19. Dan B

    Well, at least Obama gets 1 vote.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  20. MarDez

    Reblogged this on Grand Outlet.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  21. Seeking the truth

    Rumor has it That Michelle voted for Romney because she wants jobs created for her children and less debt for them to be responsible for in the near future. However, I heard she will miss all our tax dollars to pay for her numerous outfits, vacations, and parties. And this is a FACT!

    October 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Well it is clear she wants Americans to pay for another 25 vacations

    October 18, 2012 at 4:10 am |
  23. sbarnes

    If he winds it will take a Coup d'état to get rid of this Hood Rat and his HO

    October 18, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  24. NOvember 2012

    who cares about mz obama voting...this is no news...and by the way you can put lip stick on a chicago pig but it is still a chicago clapping pig!

    October 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  25. Jersey Bill

    The second time I was proud of my country was when I voted for my husband's reelection...22 times. – Michelle

    October 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
  26. jimcolyer

    Michelle O looks like a baboon I saw in the Memphis Zoo in 1982.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  27. Sol---Long Island NY come Obama refuses to answer questions about his intent to form a civilian militia. He has made the speech a dozen or so times and no media people talk about it. You know who the last person was to form his own civilian militia? Yep....I'll give you a hint.....he was a short guy from Germany with a little ugly mustache.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  28. Sol---Long Island NY

    Obama is losing in the latest Pennsylvania polls. Need more poll watchers to make sure that the black panthers don't get away with what they did last election. Standing in front of polls with clubs making racist statements toward whites.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  29. Shamalama

    I wonder who she voted for?

    October 20, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  30. Cecilia Riveros Barreto

    Congratulations : My First Lady you are wonderful and excellent ¡WOMAN!. GOD BLESS YOU AND Dear SIR PRESIDENT and Your Dear Gils, your Mother and everybody inyour Family. Bless. Cecilia Riveros B.

    November 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm |