Pistons’ practice facility will serve as voting center

The Detroit Pistons’ practice facility will serve as a satellite voting center for elections this summer and fall.The team made the announcement Wednesday, stating that the public will be able to register to vote and cast their ballots at the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center.The Pistons also said they would give all employees paid days off on two upcoming election days, Aug. 4 and Nov. 3, encouraging them to vote and possibly volunteer as poll workers.”For me, when I think about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubery and the others that have been murdered, I think of how the dead cannot cry out for justice,” Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem said in a conference call with media members. “It’s the duty of the living to do so for them. In our discussion with our players, coaching staff, employees, it’s how can we make ourselves heard and make our voices count. And to me, the vote is the most powerful way we can attack injustice and bring about change.”It was with that in mind that led to our discussions with the (Michigan) Secretary of State and to come up with this partnership and find ways we could educate voters, make them aware, help them make sure their votes count and be civically engaged as an organization, a team, a community and for a city that we care deeply about.”