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Pac-12 athletic departments announce commitment for 2020 National Voter Registration Day

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As part of the Pac-12’s social justice & anti-racism efforts, the Conference today announced a collective commitment among all 12 member athletics programs to facilitate registration and acquisition of mail-in ballots for all willing and eligible student-athletes prior to 2020 National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22, 2020.

Initially proposed by Pac-12 football and men’s basketball head coaches, the commitment was recently unanimously approved by the Pac-12 Council, which is composed of Pac-12 athletic directors, senior women administrators, faculty athletic representatives and student-athlete representatives.

“For many student-athletes, this is their first opportunity to participate in an election,” said Jimmy Lake, head coach for Washington football. “As members of our community, it is crucial that we not only educate our young men and women on the importance of voting and how to register, but to also help them understand the many dynamics of voting on the local and federal levels. Change will only happen if we take action. I encourage our younger generation to use their voice by exercising their right to vote.”

In July 2020, the Pac-12 announced a series of initial steps to promote social justice and combat racism, including the formation of a social justice & anti-racism advisory group composed of a cross section of university athletics and academic leaders and student-athletes, representing all 12 universities.

Wednesday’s announcement also follows similar efforts taking place by member institutions to provide information to student-athletes on the importance of voting as well as registration information for those who are willing and eligible.