Contacts: Jilane Rodgers, NFLPA: (202) 756-9171
Amaya Tune, AFL-CIO: (202) 637-5018
NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION TEAMS UP WITH UNIONS, COMMUNITY &
VOTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES FOR PITTSBURGH VOTER ID AWARENESS EVENT
WASHINGTON—The NFL Players Association (NFLPA), unions, community and voting rights groups will team up to hold a “My Vote, My Right” voter ID awareness event in Pittsburgh on September 18 to highlight voter ID law changes in Pennsylvania. Volunteers and activists will be stationed outside a local PennDOT office to assist people if they need help getting an ID or to answer any questions they may have about the recent changes to voting requirements.
AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker and NFLPA Senior Director of Former Player Services and retired Steelers player Nolan Harrison will attend the event. People in Pittsburgh will have the opportunity to obtain voter ID, register to vote or update their voter registration status. Voting rights advocates will be on site to assist with questions.
Earlier this month, a Pennsylvania judge allowed a voter ID law to go into effect starting on November 6, 2012. According to data released by the Pennsylvania Department of State, more than 758,939 registered voters in the state, or nine percent, do not have state-issued IDs. The NFLPA and other concerned groups want to ensure that everyone who wants to can exercise his or her voice this November.
WHO: NFLPA, unions, community and voting rights advocates
WHAT: Voter ID awareness event to help people obtain a state-issued photo ID
WHEN: September 18, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: PennDOT: 708 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Downtown)
VISUAL: Volunteers wearing “My Vote, My Right” T-shirts outside PennDOT office. Retired Steelers players Nolan Harrison and Robin Cole.