Detroit Pistons to Host Election Day Activities

The team is encouraging locals to get out and vote
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The team is kicking off its Election Day activities at the Detroit Pistons Performance Center, pictured above. Locals are welcome to drop off their ballot at the center. // Photograph by Chris Schwegler/NBA Photos

Get out and vote with the Detroit Pistons. Tomorrow, the team is hosting a lineup of Election Day activities to engage voters and assist in local election efforts.

The events will kick off at 10 a.m. will ballot drop-offs at the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center, located at 690 Amsterdam St. in Detroit. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem, and Head Coach Dwane Casey will turn in their ballots then. Locals are invited to drop off their ballots as well, and complimentary refreshments will be available until noon.

The team is then deploying food trucks to busy polling locations across the city. Offering meals at no cost, the food trucks will visit Greater Grace Temple, North Rosedale Park Community Center, Chrylser School, NW Activity Center, and Diann Banks-Willamson Education Center throughout the day. Pistons mascot Hooper will visit all five sites, while Tellem, Casey, and Benson will visit the NW Activity Center earlier in the day.

From 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 to 1 a.m. on Nov. 4, the performance center will also serve as a ballot receiving board. More than 100 Pistons employees are working as poll workers.

Tomorrow’s activities are the latest efforts from the team to connect with local voters during this election cycle. On Oct. 24, Casey, former Pistons player Earl Cureton, and Benson celebrated National Vote Early Day at the performance center with an outdoor, family-friendly rally that gave attendees an opportunity to drop off their ballots and receive voting information. The event also featured cider and donuts, free pumpkins, live entertainments, and autograph signings.

And, in late September, the team announced that it was participating in Voters Win, a fan-driven voter engagement contest that runs until Nov. 3. “Let’s take advantage of that right, that privilege, of being able to go out and vote as a state, as a city, and our surrounding communities,” said Coach Casey in a PSA released before the Voters Win announcement. “Utilize your voice by voting.”

Tellem and former Pistons player Rick Mahorn also participated in a digital panel — led by Shinola and I am a voter — about voter registration on Sept. 24.

For more information about the team’s voting initiatives, visit nba.com.

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