By opening the AT&T Center as an early polling place, the San Antonio Spurs organization made a profound impact on the 2020 Election.
With record voter turnout across the nation, the San Antonio Spurs did their part in making the voices of their city heard. When the NBA began its social justice initiatives in the Orlando restart as part of its negotiations with the National Basketball Player’s Association, I couldn’t help but wonder what more the league could do to use its platform. One thing that came to mind was using Arenas as polling stations for the 2020 Election.
Low and behold, the AT&T Center was amongst the many polling places to make an impact in the recent 2020 Election. With limited-capacity voter registration events earlier in the year, the Spurs organization took a step toward being a part of the change in society this election reflects. They took that a step forward by tallying just-under 22,000 ballots representing Bexar County and in turn, the various communities of San Antonio.
Of the 48 polling stations that held Early Voting, the San Antonio Spurs’ home, the AT&T Center generated the fifth-highest voter turnout. As a centralized location for voters throughout Bexar County, the AT&T Center accounted for nearly four percent of the total early votes tallied through the period. That may not seem like a lot, but as we saw in the Presidential race, that was more than enough votes to swing certain counties and states.
We had over 22,000 voters at the @attcenter! ??? Including some friendly face!
— Spurs Give (@SpursGive) November 6, 2020
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A major catalyst in the Spurs’ willingness to open as a 2020 Election polling site was head coach Gregg Popovich’s propensity toward sharing his political beliefs and calling for a greater America. He’s been a guiding voice in the fight for racial justice and continuously called out Donald Trump for his divisive nature over the course of his Presidency.
Now that we, the people had a chance to do something about it, Popovich played his part in the process. Not only did he openly endorse former Vice President and current President-Elect Joe Biden in his race, but he was influential in getting the people of San Antonio to make their voices heard — No matter their background or political affiliations.
This was a win for democracy and proved that sports could make an impact in the fight for a great tomorrow. Interestingly, the votes cast at the Atlanta Hawks’ State Farm Arena were influential in gaining control of a swing state and solidifying Biden’s victory over Trump in the Presidential Election.
The San Antonio Spurs and the NBA at large should feel proud of this great accomplishment.