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John Calipari discusses voter registration, absentee ballots with team

John Calipari is making sure his players know how to exercise their right to vote this November. Kentucky’s head coach tweeted the picture shown above, writing “Great talk with the guys tonight about registering to vote and how to get their absentee ballots. This is about more than basketball!

Absentee voting is essential for college students, since traveling home to vote in-person on a weekday is often difficult or even impossible. For the Kentucky basketball team, which attracts talent from all over the country, a Tuesday in November means practice, class and (some years) being out-of-state to compete in the Champions Classic. Add in this year’s global pandemic and Kentucky’s so-called “gold-standard of bubbles” to keep the team isolated, and it becomes clear these young men would not have the ability to cast a ballot without absentee voting.

Calipari followed up on Sunday saying all of his players are now registered to vote. Then, he added the following message:

“Our conversation last night was about ACTION. Having an opinion is part of the process but solutions are based on actions. As a team, what will we do to make a difference for people? That’s action & it starts [with] voting. It’s not partisan. It’s about who aligns with your beliefs.”

Senior walk-on Riley Welch and UK basketball’s Director of Digital Media TJ Beisner also took to twitter to air out their thoughts on the matter:

In the Bluegrass, you can click here to request your own absentee ballot on

Article written by Maggie Davis

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56 Comments for John Calipari discusses voter registration, absentee ballots with team

  1. UK_fac_boi
    7:09 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    I love it! Go cats!

  2. mashman 93
    7:14 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    If you’re mad about this I don’t know what to tell you. Do you think John Calipari is telling his players who to vote for? Come on man

  3. bigblue98
    7:21 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    Very proud to see this. I have never understood why people won’t vote. Regardless of your party affiliation everyone should vote and exercise that freedom. Cal is teaching these young men that life is more than just them in much the same way he teaches them to be servant leaders. Go Cats!

  4. UKFanSC
    7:28 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    Every citizen should exercise his or her right to vote. No issue with Cal educating them on how.

  5. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    7:52 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    According to my cousin they’ll vote 470 times…..

  6. light my fire
    8:03 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    I’m sure blm was mentioned as well as his relationship with Dem bill clinton so I’m sure all vote democratic
    Sad these players have no clue they will have all their money taken by the Dems when socialism takes over in November

    Did cal mention defunding police too

    • mashman 93
      8:05 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      Do you know Cal said that? For the record I’m a lifelong Republican. GO CATS!!!!

    • bigblue98
      8:16 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      It’s really sad when the same idiots post the same things over and over. Our society should be better than that. Hope some of these morons only represent a small amount of Kentucky.

    • light my fire
      9:09 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      It’s a fact Cal is buddies with the Clintons. He can sway kids to think any way he wants.

      I’m going to encourage our local areas coaches to make sure their kids are registered too and have them be reminded about looting, rioting, defunding the police who are related to many kids and families, and teach socialism.

    • bigblue98
      9:41 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks for giving validation to my point posted above.

    • Bluebird
      9:36 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      I wish you would use your influence with the local area coaches to ask them to encourage their kids to pay more attention in English class–if only so they can learn to write more coherently than you. I disagree with plenty of people on this website, but few of their posts are as difficult to make sense of as yours. Christ, you give a guy a headache.

    • bigblue98
      9:47 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      Bluebird – love your post. Posts like his above explain why Kentucky is in the bottom 25% in educational ranking. The first paragraph was ok. The second paragraph was incoherent. Hopefully his children can proofread future posts.

  7. 007Ken
    8:24 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    Question for our Chicago friends – I understand Kentucky is allowing mail-in voting. Do i send in all 7 at once or should I spread it out over several days?

    • bigblue98
      8:34 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      No, just one will suffice. A common misconception is being spread about mail in voting. A ballot isn’t just mailed out to everyone. You must provide information such as dob and ssn to get a ballot mailed in Kentucky. Unfortunately people make it seem like you will get multiple ballots. Hopefully those people will become informed about the process before they keep commenting on something they know nothing about.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:08 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      007 if your a Trump supporter you’d better mail all 7 like his trying to convince you to do that’s the only reason he says what he does.

    • BLUEsky
      8:15 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      I personally know a family who received multiple ballots. All had correct first name, incorrect middle initial, and correct last name. They did the right thing and threw the incorrect ones away, but this goes to show the level of error and/or corruption that is problematic with a mail-in vote. Say what you will, but mail in voting is a threat to Democracy IMHO. By the way, these were BLUE ballots if anyone is interested. Coincidence? Maybe.

  8. VirginiaCat
    8:58 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    What safeguards are in place to prevent voter fraud? Are mailed-in ballots checked against voter registration lists to ensure that only one vote per voter? My concern is that there will be claims of voting irregularities that will wind up in the courts and delay the outcome for months. Think Florida and hanging chads.

    • bigblue98
      9:03 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      Contact your local county clerks office. They can detail their plan and should be able to answer all of your questions. Each office is responsible for their area.

    • mashman 93
      9:11 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      People need to go to the polls. If you can go to the grocery, church or riot then you can go vote with a mask on this year.

    • Bluehender
      6:55 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Bingo mashman..

  9. Johnny C
    9:40 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    Did he happen to let them know that if they vote for Biden they’ll likely not be playing basketball js. Also, how about adding “informed vote” to their indoctrination?

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:17 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      That’s right all these black kids need to vote like their conservative masters tell them to that’s how it sounds anyway…these kids are smart enough to make their own decisions. They’re also smart enough to see through all the political bs and that both sides lie. Look at all the things liberals said to stop Biden because he’s a moderate and look at all the things Republicans said about Trump in 2016 because he isn’t conservative. The second Biden/Trump won the primary everyone started kissing a$$. They’re all fake learn it now and you’ll be happier for it.

  10. Jambluehue99
    10:26 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    Remember when sports was just sports? Good times!

  11. T-Town Cat
    10:30 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    Amen, Brother!

  12. BowdenQB4ever
    10:58 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    Awesome. Glad they get a chance to influence our state politics during the 6 months they spend in Lexington before they leave as fast as possible to catch the G league bus. Really appreciate all they add to our community and I can’t wait to be lectured about oppression by 18 year olds and basketball coaches living more lavishly than I ever will!

    • Bluebird
      7:57 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Unfortunately college students vote in their state of residence. Those are absentee ballots. Sorry, Bowden. :_(

    • KaliforniaKat
      8:51 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Bowden… it’s clear you’ve never lived outside our Bluetiful state…

  13. light my fire
    11:05 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    Probably told them how sweet of a guy Bill Clinton was.

    • Mr.Incognito
      11:18 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

      Compared to Herr Donald he is an angel

  14. madarchitect
    11:57 pm August 23, 2020 Permalink

    Bill Clinton was last century. Three Bill Clinton comments on one article seems like a fetish.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:37 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Trump is such a pervert that Clinton is the best comparison. They used to hang together had the same disgusting friends and have both been caught cheating on their wives. One thing in Clinton’s favor though he never made comments about how hot his daughter was or what he do to her if it was legal. Wait is that why he moved to Florida? They didn’t have a dipping in the gene pool law the last time I got in an argument with a UF fan about mountain vs flipper babies. As you can tell I don’t like either but the hypocrisy of saying Clinton this and that with what he’s been got doing and saying is getting pathetic. The bar should be equal no matter what party you follow.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:40 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Caught doing not got*

  15. light my fire
    12:54 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Shooting at Fayette Mall and saw all the police helping people and people wanting help from the police. Wonder if Cal talked to his new socially aware players about how the police help and don’t need defunding.

  16. light my fire
    12:57 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Why do I mention Bill Clinton, Cal just interviewed him on a pod cast or something like that a few months ago so it is really Cal with the Liberal fetish.

    Something else, I can’t believe we have so many liberals on here. I’m sorry you hate God and America.

    • Bluehender
      7:37 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      People who don’t agree with you hate God and America? You may find this hard to believe but not everyone who disagrees with your views are Marxists, socialists, or even liberals. People like you are huge part of the problem with this country.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      8:28 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Actually I’m a conservative, as such all I can do is point out that the says a man will cast his sins on another. Basically your judgment of hating God and America would imply that’s actually what you do.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:17 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t agree with light my fire’s approach, and don’t agree with everything he says. However, the GROUP (not everyone who uses the phrase) BLM *DOES* hate America. They are a self-proclaimed Marxist organization, and they wish to tear down the nuclear family. It’s on their website.

  17. KaliforniaKat
    1:20 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

    LMF… you’re absolutely right… God hates America… how else can we explain why we have so many ignorant folk like yourself?!

  18. MrFlip41129
    2:12 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Light my fire! Turn in your Kentucky fan card! Please. BBN DOESN’T NEED YOU!!

  19. Eddiemcwildcat
    5:38 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Vote in person. Vote red. Liberalism is a disease

  20. Tej
    7:26 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Voter fraud, another conspiracy theory put out by trump. As he said, “I love the uneducated”.

  21. nicky
    7:54 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Cal: “This isn’t socialism”

    Cal: “Black Lives Matter” A marxist organization

    Good for thee but not for me…

  22. CatManDo
    8:54 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

    1. This is a good idea for any coach to encourage voting as long as they don’t try to influence who they should vote for.
    2. Absentee voting is different than universal mail-in voting. One ensures that you can vote if you have a legitimate reason that won’t allow you to vote in person. The other has the makings of a disaster logistically (not a political statement).
    3. If the goal for both sides is to have every vote counted correctly with the lowest chance of voter fraud, it should be encouraged that people vote in person with a photo ID.
    4.I recently signed up for the new KY Real ID. I had to present my current photo drivers license, birth certificate, social security card, car registration, and utilities bill. I had to present all of this to drive a car and get on a domestic flight. It shouldn’t be hard for a person to show up once every four years with a photo ID to elect our president. As some have mentioned, if you are able to go to the grocery store, Lowes, etc., you can go vote in 2 1/2 months. If you have legitimate health issues you should be able to get an absentee ballot.

    • Bluehender
      9:51 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Right on all counts CatMan..

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:13 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks for laying this out so simply. I don’t know why people can’t understand the difference between absentee ballots for legit reasons (health, business travel, playing at UK but you’re from another state, etc.).

  23. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:15 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Obviously I have no idea if Cal tried to influence their vote. But don’t act like there is no way under the sun that it wasn’t possible:

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:20 am August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Oh, and for all the sportswriters who lean left: what if Mike Gundy was publicizing something like this with his football team after the “OAN” shirt controversy? Would you be so defensive of Gundy and say “No way he would try to influence the vote!” My guess is that there would be many wolves howling.

  24. T-Town Cat
    1:18 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    You know, I don’t recall Cal doing this with any other of his teams. I wonder why it has become so important to him this year….

    • Bluehender
      2:35 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      It doesn’t take a lot to figure it out..

  25. light my fire
    2:38 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    So the Dems don’t hate God. Well it’s pretty amazing that they left out the word God on purpose 2times at the convention. Only proves a point.

    If you vote for Dems you uphold their standards which was leaving God out.

    • Bluehender
      3:55 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      How old are you?12? Lots of people hate God and they’re not all Democrats. Lots of people love God and they’re definitely not all Republicans. Geesh…

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:35 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t like Trump because he uses God instead of walking his path publicly(saying I like God or someone else doesn’t isn’t walkiing his path). If he does believe in God than let him ask for forgiveness for his mistakes instead of blaming everyone else, let him learn to hold the bible, let his photo shoots be of a bible/prayer meetings instead of attacking pedestrians to get one in front of a church he doesn’t go to, let him call out dictators, let him stop lusting for his daughter(not just publicly), let him call out the church he did go to for saying the more you have is a sign of the more God loves you(when the bible says clearly different, and let him tell people to stop saying God or Jesus picked him because the only leaders ever mentioned to be put in power in our time in the bible all work for the devil(Beast, harlot, anti-christ, false prophet, they’re all different based on your faith), and instead of saying God will handle the virus pray with everyone he does. Again I don’t like him because I’m a real conservative just like every conservative politician until he won the primary than they all lost their convictions and backed him to get reelected.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:41 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Something else to remember Faith is the tool of the saved, Religion is the tool of fascism.