On Monday, Tennessee secretary of state Tre Hargett presented Sean Henry with an award recognizing the work the Predators have been doing with voter registration and engagement.
From the press release the Nashville Predators sent out:
“I’m honored to present the Nashville Predators organization with the NASS Medallion Award,” said Secretary Hargett. “More Tennesseans are registered to vote and ready to make their voice heard at the polls thanks to the Preds’ continued commitment to our Your Vote Matters campaign to increase civic engagement.”
The NASS Medallion Award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Individual secretaries of state may present the award to honor individuals in their state who promote the goals of NASS in one or more of four areas: elections, civic education, service to state government or a commitment of giving.
“This award means more to our organization than I can express,” Predators President & CEO Sean Henry said. “There is nothing more important than having your voice heard. To receive [the NASS Award] for all of Smashville, not just our organization, but for all of our fans and our players that played a big part in getting the messaging out, it was really nice because there’s nothing more important to move this community forward than first, registering to vote and then, obviously participating in the vote.”
In January, the Nashville Predators and Secretary Hargett announced their partnership on the Your Vote Matters campaign, which encourages all eligible Tennesseans to make their voices heard in 2020 by registering to vote and exercising their right to vote during early voting or on Election Day.
Since then, the Nashville Predators and Secretary Hargett have worked together to register voters at games, show fans how easy it is to register to vote online and urge fans to turn out on election day. As part of the Your Vote Matters campaign, the Nashville Predators have also encouraged Tennesseans to serve as poll officials, even closing their virtual office on Nov. 3 to allow staff to partake. In the coming days and weeks, the Preds will highlight the benefits of voting early and continue urging fans to vote on election day.
“We’ve already set a record for registered voters in Tennessee. Now, we need to set a record for voter turnout,” said Henry. “This is a bipartisan issue. Regardless of how you’re going to vote, it’s important you do vote. That’s why we were so excited about partnering with [Secretary Hargett’s] office to make it as easy as possible for people to register. And now, starting on Wednesday, get out and vote.”
Tennesseans are encouraged to vote early in the upcoming State and Federal General Election. Early voting starts Wednesday, Oct. 14, and runs Monday to Saturday until Thursday, Oct. 29. Election Day is Nov. 3.
For more information about voting in Tennessee or about the Secretary of State’s Your Vote Matters campaign, visit GoVoteTN.com.