Detroit Pistons partner with state, City of Detroit to drive voter awareness for upcoming elections

Posted at 8:54 AM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 08:54:39-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Pistons have partnered with the Michigan Secretary of State's office to drive voter awareness ahead of the August Primary and November General election.

The team will declare Aug. 4 and Nov. 3 a paid day off so all staff members can vote or volunteer as election workers.

“Our organization is committed to promoting informed participation in the electoral process,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “We are pleased to partner with the Department of State on its efforts to register and enroll eligible voters for this year’s elections, and to provide our employees with the day off on election day to ensure they are able to get to the polls and make their voices heard.”

The team partnered with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey to also help people register to vote and vote on site at the Pistons Performance Center that will be a satellite center for the election.

The Pistons will also build a voter registration page into their website, and host live voter registration and education events.

“The Detroit Pistons are tremendous civic leaders and I am proud to partner with them to ensure more citizens are educated voters and active participants in our democracy,” Benson said. “As we’ve worked with them over the past few weeks to develop this robust and comprehensive partnership, it’s become clear that the Pistons’ commitment to ensuring our elections are accessible to all is a reflection of their dedication to their fans and the entire Michigan community.”

The Detroit Piston organization has deep roots in our community, supporting programs and initiatives that fundamentally make a difference in the lives our residents,” Winfrey added. “This is an organization that consistently, demonstrates positive corporate values, and acts as a role model for our children. I am excited about forging a long-term partnership with the Pistons organization, to raise voter awareness and participation in the democratic process.”