Former President Barack Obama praised the participants in Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James’ “More than one vote” campaign during a performance in the virtual audience of Game 1 in the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.
The James Voting Rights Initiative revealed this week that it has recruited more than 10,000 volunteer voters since its launch in June last year. Obama thanked the volunteers in a surprising speech to a virtual crowd that included NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and former Lakers star James Worthy.
“Obviously I’m not the main event tonight, but I would like to give a shout out to all the people who volunteer as voters in the upcoming election,”
Obama added that it was “critical that everyone vote in this election – by mail or in person, if you can.”
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James is a top figure in “More Than a Vote,” an organization that aims to increase voter turnout in black communities in the upcoming election, address voter oppression and combat systemic racism. The group collaborated with the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund to recruit volunteer voting workers.
In a statement from the New York Times, the two groups said they would focus their efforts in the coming weeks on 11 cities “where there is still a significant shortage of polling workers,” including Charlotte, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
James, who led the Lakers to victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1, thanked Obama for his message to the volunteers.
“See you, Mr. President. Thank you !!! @Morethanavote #Blacklivesmatter,” James tweeted.
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