When Michelle Obama, current first lady of the White House, campaigned with Hillary Clinton, she gave a speech explaining why every single vote counts - and it should be mandatory viewing.

While the rest of the world breathes a tearful sigh of relief that the 2016 US Presidential elections are nearly over, stateside there's still time for citizens to get out and cast their ballot.

But lest we see a repeat of the apathetic voter turnout in the British EU referendum, particularly among young people which arguably resulted in a Brexit vote, show this video to every American you know.

Particularly those who, perhaps misled by campaign confidence or influenced by polls, might assume that the winner has already been decided - and therefore that their vote does not matter.

FLOTUS reminded her audience of the sacrifices made in the past to grant disenfranchised minorities and women the right to vote, citing humiliation, beatings and prison time.

She accused Trump's campaign of hoping to win by putting people off voting: "That's the strategy. To make this election so dirty and ugly that we don't want any part of it."

So when you hear folks talking about a global conspiracy and saying that this election is rigged, understand that they are trying to get you to stay home. They are trying to convince you that your vote doesn't matter, that the outcome has already been determined and you shouldn't even bother making your voice heard.

They are trying to take away your hope.

She reminded people of history: her husband won North Carolina by 14,000 votes in 2008, which, as she explained, is equal to about two votes per precinct.

Two votes. And people knew people who didn't vote. Two votes. If just two or three folks per precinct had gone the other way, Barack would have lost that state, could have lost the election.

And who could forget the infamous George Bush vs. Al Gore - elections really are, as Obama points out, decided "on a razor's edge".

Every. Single. Vote. Counts. Now more than ever.

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