Why are there no NBA games played on Election Day?

For the second consecutive season, there will be no NBA games scheduled for Election Day as the league encourages fans and the community to vote on Nov. 7 in the United States.

The NBA has shared important resources from voting organizations and highlighted the civic engagement work of teams in their markets ahead of Election Day. Voters will decide gubernatorial and state legislative elections, mayoral races and other local offices.

Players around the NBA have each worn specialized warmup shirts promoting the importance of voting. The league, players and teams have also shared various voting resources on their social media channels leading up to Tuesday.

The NBA has often taken a strong stance on several key social issues in the past. The decision to take Election Day off is the latest gesture the league has implemented to encourage fans to create change by hitting the polls and casting their ballots.

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire