Houston Rockets star point guard Chris Paul joined a host of A-list celebrities to launch a nonpartisan 2018 voter registration initiative today in preparation for November midterms.
Paul, a campaign co-chairman for the When We All Vote initiative, will be joined by Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw in an effort to tackle historically low voter registration and voter turnout in the last decade.
“Everyone’s vote matters and each vote represents a voice that needs to be heard,” Paul said in a statement. ” Voting gives us the power to create real change and change doesn’t happen if we remain silent. We need your voice to be heard by voting.”
According to figures by the nonpartisan group, more than 20 percent of Americans that were eligible to vote in the 2014 midterms weren’t even registered. Only 36 percent of eligible voters ended up participating, which was the lowest turnout since World War II.
The celebrity group, flanked by political strategists that were heavily involved on Barack Obama’s campaign team, is planning a series of PSA, rallies, and events up until late-September. Their focus is to get young voters excited about these midterms.
Paul leads the ranks of NBA players whose political voices have grown louder over the last few years. It’s no surprise he is working closely with the former First Lady, as Paul was among Barack Obama’s major celebrity endorses and campaign donors during his reelection cycle.
He’s also a very vocal opponent of the current president. Last September, when President Trump uninvited the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors from visiting the White House – an invitation the Warriors weren’t going to take in the first place – Paul shot at Trump on Twitter.
With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
Paul is currently the president of the NBA Players Association.