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Red Wings, Tigers team up with SOS for election day; LCA to be used to train volunteers

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Posted at 8:07 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 08:07:49-04

(WXYZ) — The Detroit Tigers and Red Wings are the latest teams to partner with the Michigan Secretary of State's office to support the general election in November.

The teams said that Little Caesars Arena will be used to train more than 6,000 election workers over several weeks, and Comerica Park will be available as a ballot drop box location should the city need more locations.

Also, both teams will use their social media platforms to share information on voter registration, vote-by-mail, volunteer opportunities and more.

“Elections are the foundation of our democracy and we are committed to doing all we can to support the upcoming election,” said Chris Granger, Group President, Sports and Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “Not only are our facilities uniquely suited to support the needs of the community and the Secretary of State leading up to election day, our sports teams provide voices to share information and fulfill our civic obligation to encourage all Michiganders to exercise their right to vote on November 3.”

“I am grateful to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers for helping us fill these critical needs this election cycle,” said Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Leveraging the resources and unrivaled platforms of these teams will enable us to reach voters and give them the assurance that their elections will be accessible and secure. And I am proud to say that with this announcement Detroit is now the first U.S. city where all four professional sports teams are taking an active, nonpartisan role in supporting this fall’s elections. We hope that this inspires every Michigan voter to participate in our democracy.”

The Pistons and Lions have also teamed up with the SOS. The Pistons' practice facility was used as a voting location in August and Ford Field will hold election materials and more after the election.