Over the last few months, state legislators across the country have proposed bills and new legislation that if passed, could make it harder for ordinary citizens to cast their ballots in future election seasons.
Yesterday, nine (9) major sports unions in North America announced their joint opposition to these legislative efforts aimed at restricting the right to vote, and join the hundreds of individuals, foundations and corporations in taking a “Stand for Democracy”
“We Stand for Democracy.
A Government of the people, by the people.
A beautifully American ideal, but a reality denied to many for much of this nation’s history.
As Americans, we know that in our democracy we should not expect to agree on everything.
However, regardless of our political affiliations, we believe the very foundation of our electoral process rests upon the ability of each of us to cast our ballots for the candidates of our choice.
For American democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us.
We should all feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote and to oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot.
Voting is the lifeblood of our democracy and we call upon all Americans to join us in taking a nonpartisan stand for this most basic and fundamental right of all Americans.”
The statement was signed by the below professional player unions:
Basketball Players Union (BPU)
Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA)
National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)
National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)
National Women’s Hockey League Players’ Association (NWHLPA)
National Women’s Soccer League Players Association (NWSLPA)
Professional Women’s Hockey League Players Association (PWHPA)
United States Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA)
Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA)