Since pledging to turn their practice facility into a voting site for the November election, the Detroit Pistons have been committed to educating voters and aiding the local electoral process.
That will continue Thursday, when the Pistons unveil the official ballot drop box at the entrance of the Henry Ford Pistons Performance Center at 3:15 p.m. The event will also feature appearances from Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem and Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey.
After the unveiling, volunteers will distribute door hangers in New Center and other Detroit neighborhoods with low voter registration, the Pistons announced. The hangers will feature five easy steps to vote.
More than 106,000 Detroiters have requested absentee ballots ahead of the general election, about a 77,000 increase compared to this point in the 2016 election — highlighting the need for secure ballot drop boxes.
The Pistons Performance Center will also act as a receiving board for the November election, as it did for the August primary.
Per detroitvotes2020.org, here's a list of free standing secure ballot drop boxes within the city of Detroit:
- Pistons Performance Center, 690 Amsterdam (at Second Ave.).
- Greater Emmanuel Institutional, 19190 Schaefer Hwy.
- Liberty Temple, 17188 Greenfield.
- North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale Street.
- Unity Baptist Church, 7500 Tireman.
- WCCCD Downtown, 1001 W. Fort Street.
- Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd.
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