In recognition of National Voter Registration Day, the NFL announced a series of efforts to encourage engagement and participation in the 2020 election through NFL Votes.
The Election Day of Service is a national effort organized with Power the Polls to recruit a new generation of young, diverse poll workers to support safe elections. The NFL is encouraging NFL employees and fans to serve as poll workers on Election Day. According to the Civic Alliance, election experts estimate as many as 500,000 new poll workers will be needed to keep polls open this November. COVID-19 will reduce capacity at existing polling places due to social distancing and many older poll workers who’ve served in previous elections won't be able to serve this year.
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"We applaud the NFL for joining the Civic Alliance and participating in our Election Day of Service by closing its offices and encouraging all of their employees, former players, and fans to vote and serve as poll workers," said Natalie Tran, Executive Director of the CAA Foundation co-founder of the Civic Alliance and I am a voter. "At the Civic Alliance, we know that when an organization like the NFL takes this meaningful action, its fans, communities, and partner companies will take notice – and that will have a tremendous impact in shaping our country's civic culture."
The Chargers and Rams will host a Vote Center outside of SoFi Stadium from Oct. 30-Nov. 3, making them the thirteenth and fourteenth NFL clubs to support election efforts at their facilities. Others include the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Football Team.
"With 41 days until the election — and the voting period officially starting in some states — we encourage everyone in the NFL family, including fans, to register if they are eligible to do so," said Kenneth Edmonds, NFL Vice President of Government Affairs. The clubs who have made their facilities available to host polling activities help to make it even easier for fans to participate in our democratic process and make their voices heard in the upcoming elections."
"Latinos Vote" is a campaign extension of NFL Votes and begins today to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place annually Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
"According to the Pew Research Center, the 2020 election will mark the first time that Latinos will be the largest racial and ethnic minority group in the electorate," said Javier Farfan, NFL Cultural Marketing Strategist. "Speaking directly with our Latino fans continues to be an important part of our strategy and Latinos Vote is the latest example of that."