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The Latest: Michelle Obama urges Nevadans to register, vote

September 24, 2018

FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans. Obama is set to appear in Las Vegas on Sunday, Sept. 23, to rally voter registration volunteers and encourage people to vote in the November elections. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Michelle Obama’s rally in Las Vegas (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Former first lady Michelle Obama is urging Nevadans to register to vote and to cast ballots this fall, warning them that if they sit out the November midterm election, “democracy continues with or without you.”

Obama made the comments Sunday at a rally in Las Vegas for the nonpartisan nonprofit organization she co-chairs, When We All Vote.

The organization encourages participation regardless of political affiliation and Obama said Sunday that she didn’t want to tell anyone how to vote but to emphasize why voting matters.

Obama is one of the most popular draws among Democrats but has so far limited her political engagement to the voter participation organization.

She didn’t make any overt partisan appeals Sunday but received loud cheers from the crowd when referring to her husband, former President Barack Obama, and when someone in the audience suggested she seek the presidency herself.

She’s scheduled to hold a similar event in Miami next week.

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12:30 p.m.

Former first lady Michelle Obama is set to appear in Las Vegas Sunday afternoon to rally voter registration volunteers and encourage people to vote in the November elections.

Obama is set to appear at Chaparral High School for the nonpartisan nonprofit organization she co-chairs, When We All Vote.

Obama is one of the most popular draws among Democrats but she has kept a low profile since leaving the White House in 2017. She has limited her political commitments for now to helping When We All Vote, which encourages participation regardless of political affiliation.

Other speakers expected at Sunday’s event include actress Kelly McCreary of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy;” actress Lana Parrilla of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time;” Carolyn Swords, a center for the WNBA Las Vegas Aces; comedian and “The Real” co-host Loni Love; and actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key.

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