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Michigan State University Athletics partners with state to promote voter participation

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 13:57:42-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan State University Athletics announced Friday it is partnering with the Michigan Department of State, Ingham County and East Lansing to promote voter participation among Michiganders this year.

The university is the latest organization to partner with the state, after the Pistons and Lions announced they would also help in different ways during the election.

“One of my main goals for our student-athletes is to help them make a positive impact on the community during their time here on campus,” MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman said. “There is nothing more essential to our civic responsibility as citizens of this great country than to exercise our right to vote. Partnering with the Michigan Department of State and other election officials is a great opportunity for our student-athletes and staff to engage in the democratic process and encourage other students on campus to also take part in voting this November. Voting is the ultimate manner to let one’s voice be heard and an impactful way to take an active role in shaping the community and society in which you want to live.”

“I am grateful to the entire MSU Athletics department for their willingness to be leaders, on campus and in the college community, in the efforts to increase voter participation and turnout,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson added. “This partnership will provide another important opportunity to help ensure voters know their rights and how to exercise them this November.

“I’m proud that my alma mater is stepping up and offering a safe and convenient way for the Michigan State community to both register and vote on campus this fall,” said former Spartan All-American and three-time NBA Champion Draymond Green, who spoke to the football and men’s basketball teams on Zoom earlier this summer about the importance of voting.

The university will host early voting town halls, support the MSU on-campus clerk's office, encourage the community to serve as election workers and create PSAs and infographics on voting.