Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today announced a slam dunk collaboration among the Department of State, Philadelphia County and the Philadelphia 76ers that will boost voter participation and assist election administration for the November election.
"As an avid sports fan, I want to thank the 76ers for their meaningful collaboration to encourage voters in their organization and in our communities to participate in our democracy," said Secretary Boockvar. "The Department of State is proud to team up with Pennsylvania's exceptional pro athletes and sports teams to help spread the word about the importance of voting on November 3."
The 76ers will be promoting the importance of voting and encouraging staff and fans to serve as poll workers. Players and former players will be taking part in voting-related PSAs and public events to remind voters to return their mail-in ballots.
The organization will provide an online voting hub at Sixers.com/vote where fans can learn more about registering to vote and stay aware of key dates and deadlines specific to their state. In addition to that information, the site will feature unique content produced by Studio76, featuring players and alumni, PSAs about registering to vote and more.
The 76ers also announced they will provide a company-wide paid day off on election day to encourage all staff members to vote, serve as poll workers, and advocate for civic engagement.
"The right to vote is one of the greatest freedoms we have in this country," said 76ers President Chris Heck. "We feel it is our responsibility to educate and encourage everyone from our staff to the Philadelphia community to use that freedom and exercise their right to vote."
The 76ers join the Pittsburgh Penguins as the first professional sports teams in Pennsylvania to participate in such initiatives. Additional Pennsylvania professional teams and athletes are expected to join similar collaborations soon.
"We are thrilled to be working with the best team in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers, to ensure that the most passionate fans in America have the greatest voting experience in America," said Lisa Deeley, chairwoman, Philadelphia City Commissioners. "As a result of this partnership, on November 3, Philadelphia voters are going to make their voices heard, and those voices will ring as loud as the Wells Fargo Center after Embiid hits a game-winning shot."
The collaboration announced today has been inspired by the national campaigns led by More Than a Vote, which aims to expand voting rights and is driven by inspirational professional athletes such as LeBron James.
"We want to see Philly unite around voting the way it unites for our Sixers," said Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt. "The playbook for 2020 has been rewritten. It's critical to partner with organizations like the Sixers and More Than A Vote to make sure voters win in November."
To learn more about voting in Pennsylvania and to apply for a mail-in ballot for the November 3 election, visit votesPA.com.
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