If it is one thing we know, the act of voting has never been more important than it is now in this most crucial of election seasons.
In addition to players themselves looking to get out this message, WNBA teams are also doing the same.
Several teams – such as the Chicago Sky, Indiana Fever, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics have joined the NBA’s Sacramento Kings’ Rally the Vote initiative.
It also includes the Washington Spirit of the NWSL.
RISE has joined “Rally the Vote,” a coalition of 20 sports franchises across the NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, WNBA and NWSL with the @SacramentoKings & @WhenWeAllVote for a nonpartisan effort to improve voter registration & turnout. » https://t.co/KwxK0WSv3x pic.twitter.com/vc56YtpWsQ
— RISE (@RISEtoWIN) August 12, 2020
Twenty teams across the WNBA, NBA, NWSL, MLS, NFL and MLB were announced as part of the relaunched effort to register voters and get them to the polls.
Among the teams also participating are the Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago White Sox, LAFC, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Giants are also participating.
Rally the Vote was first founded in 2018 to encourage voters to participate in that year’s midterm elections. The Lynx and Mystics are also recognizing Election Day as a paid holiday.
Along with this, nine WNBA teams announced they will join together in an effort to register as many voters as possible from now until September 18.
The Mystics organized the “Unite the Vote” friendly competition in tandem with When We All Vote, a nonprofit organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama – the same Michelle Obama that gave a headline-making rebuke of the last four years on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
The other teams participating are the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Las Vegas Aces, Minnesota Lynx, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm.
Let’s have a friendly voter registration contest 👀. We’ve teamed up w/ @AtlantaDream, @chicagosky, @ConnecticutSun, @LVAces, @minnesotalynx, @nyliberty, @PhoenixMercury, @seattlestorm, & the @WashMystics. Winner will be announced on National Voter Registration Day on 9/22 🏆🏆. pic.twitter.com/8E7vXlafk3
— When We All Vote (@WhenWeAllVote) August 18, 2020
Two teams appear to be notably absent from either plan – the Los Angeles Sparks and Dallas Wings.
Among the co-chairs of the organization are Megan Rapinoe, Chris Paul, Janelle Monae, Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington.
November 3rd. Early voting. Absentee. Mail-in. Election Day.
LESS. THAN. 80. DAYS.