On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions have announced they’re joining forces with the Michigan Secretary of State in a series of efforts to encourage civic engagement and voter participation.
Collaborating with Michigan SOS Jocelyn Benson and Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, the team will be involved with the upcoming election in a number of ways, including:
- Lions staff serving as election workers to help with Ford Field’s Election Day operations
- Ford Field will be a site where election workers can deliver ballots and voting equipment after precincts close on Election Day so they can be secured. The team says this is a “direct role in protecting the integrity of Detroit’s elections”
- Releasing Public Service Announcements on voter education, discussing topics like how to vote by mail and how to fill out a ballot properly.
This effort is part of a league-wide initiative called NFL Votes that focuses primarily on voter registration, voter education, and voter activation.
“We all desire real and lasting social change, racial healing, abundant opportunity for all, and meaningful social justice progress in many aspects of our democracy,” said Detroit Lions Principal Owner and Team Chairman Sheila Ford Hamp and her husband Steve Hamp. “For this to happen, for our democracy to be responsive and to improve, we all need to register to vote, learn about the candidates who are running for office, and then cast our votes in person or by absentee ballot. Our democracy is an inspiring and noble enterprise, but it is not perfect. It’s time to fix that.”
You can read more about it here.
And onto the rest of your notes.
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- ESPN’s Michael Rothstein takes an in-depth look at rookie cornerback Jeff Okudah’s first week as a Lion.
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