Michelle Obama Rumors
A voter initiative led by Michelle Obama is partnering with a similar group founded by NBA star LeBron James and other prominent Black athletes and entertainers to sponsor events in major U.S. cities starting next week to generate excitement about voting early for the Nov. 3 election. Obama’s When We All Vote and James’ More Than A Vote are teaming to provide information, transportation, food, music, personal protective equipment and other support at early voting sites around the country Oct. 18-31.
With one month to go before the election, the Milwaukee Bucks partnered with Michelle Obama’s nonpartisan organization When We All Vote on Saturday to register voters and distribute groceries. “We know that voter registration is down because there aren’t a lot of in-person events,” organizer Jordan Brooks said. “We also know that people need food and need supplies right now.”
Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry said the organization and the NBA have made access to voting a focus of activity off the court. “We need to make sure people are registered and aware of all the local elections that go on,” Lasry said. “That’s going to have the most impact on our community. I think that’s something that we take very seriously.” Lasry said the Bucks want to be a “community team,” which is why starting Oct. 20 through Nov. 1 voters can go to the Fiserv Form for early voting.
Voting became a priority for NBA players in the league’s “bubble,” the Disney World campus where its season was resurrected after being shuttered by the novel coronavirus in March. At least 10 players chose to display “Vote” on the back of their jerseys. Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul, the players’ union president, also invited NBA and WNBA players to join former first lady Michelle Obama on a Zoom call, during which Obama encouraged them all to vote. This newfound enthusiasm came with an asterisk, though: Despite being considered some of the most outspoken athletes in sports, very few NBA players voted in 2016. Among the eligible voters within the league, only 22 percent cast ballots, according to statistics provided by the players’ union.
“The best thing for us is the opportunity that we’re all together to collectively kind of go over things that need to change socially,” Joe Harris said. “The other day we were on a call with WNBA players with Michelle Obama talking about the importance of voting. There were 100-plus people on that call, both NBA and WNBA players. Things of that nature that really are spearheading what is going to enact real change. Collectively we’re able to do more together for sure being down here.”