Tigers join Michigan's voter support efforts

September 3rd, 2020

DETROIT -- The Tigers have teamed up with other Detroit pro sports organizations to partner with the Michigan Secretary of State’s office in an effort to support and encourage voter participation in the city and throughout Michigan.

The Tigers have made Comerica Park available to host a ballot drop box should the city need it. Nearby Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons, will serve as a training venue for more than 6,000 volunteer election workers in September and October ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.

In addition, the Tigers will use their social media platforms to share educational information about voter registration, voting by mail, Election Day volunteer opportunities and ballot completion.

“Elections are the foundation of our democracy and we are committed to doing all we can to support the upcoming election,” Ilitch Holdings Sports and Entertainment Group president Chris Granger said in a statement. “Not only are our facilities uniquely suited to support the needs of the community and the Secretary of State leading up to Election Day, our sports teams provide voices to share information and fulfill our civic obligation to encourage all Michiganders to exercise their right to vote on November 3.”

The announcement continues the effort from Detroit’s pro sports teams to support voting this fall. The Detroit Lions announced last week that Ford Field will serve as a location for election workers to deliver ballots and equipment after precincts close, as well as hosting eight of the city’s 12 receiving boards. The Detroit Pistons have offered up their new practice facility in midtown as a voting site.

“I am grateful to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers for helping us fill these critical needs this election cycle,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said. “Leveraging the resources and unrivaled platforms of these teams will enable us to reach voters and give them the assurance that their elections will be accessible and secure. And I am proud to say that with this announcement Detroit is now the first U.S. city where all four professional sports teams are taking an active nonpartisan role in supporting this fall’s elections. We hope that this inspires every Michigan voter to participate in our democracy.”