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Eagles, Steelers and Nittany Lions Carry the Ball for Mail-in Voting in New Ad

09/18/2020

Harrisburg, PA – The Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions urge Pennsylvanians to vote in the Nov. 3 general election in a new video ad that is part of a collaboration among the teams and the Department of State to encourage civic engagement.

"As the ad says, 'Democracy is a team sport.' We appreciate players and coaches from the commonwealth's premier teams coming together to promote participation in the Nov. 3 election," Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. "Pennsylvanians have more voting options than ever before – they can vote by mail; in a few weeks after ballots are printed, they can vote early in-person at their county election offices; and, of course, they can vote at the polls on election day. Now it's up to voters to cross the goal line by casting their ballot any one of these three secure ways."

The 30-second ad features Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin, Penn State Coach James Franklin, Eagles running back Miles Sanders, 76er Kyle O'Quinn and NFL Hall of Fame members and Steelers alumni Jerome Bettis and Mel Blount.

The athletes and coaches explain that mail-in voting is safe, easy and secure; voted ballots may be submitted in person or by mail; and voters can get updates on their ballot's status if they  provide an email address on their ballot application.

The ad also includes a brief appearance by Swoop, the Eagles' irrepressible mascot, and information on voting at the polls on election day.

In recent weeks, the Department of State has announced partnerships with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia 76ers to boost civic engagement, recruit poll workers and educate the public about voting through public events, public service announcements and web pages.

These partnerships are 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.

To learn more about voting in Pennsylvania and to apply for a mail-in ballot for the November 3 election, visit votesPA.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wanda Murren, 717-783-1621

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