We are two months away from the general election and the Southeastern Conference is doing its part to get out the vote. This morning, the league announced the formation of the SEC Voter Education and Participation Program, a non-partisan initiative aimed at supporting the engagement of SEC student?athletes, coaches and staff in the November general election and in other local, state and federal elections.
“Voting is an important way to fulfill one’s civic duty in America,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “The SEC Voter Education and Participation Program focuses on creating an opportunity for our universities to help our student-athletes, coaches and staff understand and participate in the election process.”
Among the areas the program will focus on is education on the importance of voting, regardless of one’s political position, and voter apathy. Every SEC athletics department will provide educational sessions, resources and access to campus or community experts for student-athletes, coaches and staff. In addition, every institution is providing information about voting registration deadlines and necessary documentation to student-athletes as it applies to their home states, along with some also organizing or offering their facilities for campus and community voter registration drives. Out-of-state student-athletes are also being supplied with information related to absentee and vote?by?mail opportunities. The NCAA is also considering making Election Day a mandatory off day from countable athletically related activities for Division I student-athletes.
Go Cats. Go Vote.