World News – CA – LeBron James helps recruit 10,000 volunteers for polls in black ridings


NBA superstar LeBron James reportedly helped recruit 10,000 election officers in black electoral districts for the 2020 presidential election

The star athlete collective led by James – dubbed More Than a Vote – organized the rally to increase the number of workers as part of the joint “We Got Next” initiative with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a first reported in The New York Times

The collaboration will be presented on Wednesday night in the first game of the NBA Finals between James’ Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat According to the newspaper, the first pollsters organized under the program will be in the virtual audience of the game alongside basketball legends like Julius Erving, Shaquille O’Neill and Dwyane Wade

A second phase of the project will focus on increasing polling station staff in 11 cities where shortages still exist and others located in cities of major battlefield states – including Birmingham, Jackson, Houston , Cleveland, Detroit, Flint, Milwaukee and Philadelphia

Sherrilyn Ifill, head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said strengthening election officials was key to tackling voter suppression and improving confidence in the process among black voters when she discussed the effort with the Times earlier this summer

« We need more election officers, and we need younger election officers who can be resilient and also work during early voting, » Ifill said

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