Paul Millsap opening his Georgia training center as an early voting precinct

Jason Owens
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Paul Millsap chose the word “vote” for his uniform messaging in the NBA bubble.

The Denver Nuggets forward is converting that message into action.

Millsap owns an Atlanta-area training center called CORE4 with his brothers John, Abe and Elijah. He’s partnered with DeKalb County to convert the 44,000-square-foot facility into a voting precinct for county residents from Oct. 12 through Oct. 30.

Millsap made the announcement on Thursday through the NBA.

“I chose to wear ‘Vote' on my Denver Nuggets jersey during the 2020 NBA Playoffs to demonstrate my personal passion for the cause,” Millsap wrote in a statement. “However, I was compelled to do more. So, I’m proud to provide access to the CORE4 facility as an early voting polling location in the DeKalb community.”

Jamal Murray (27) of the Denver Nuggets and Paul Millsap (4) celebrate a win agains the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter of Denver's 114-106 win at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Paul Millsap, left, is increasing voting access in a state historically plagued with polling problems. (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

History of voting issues in Georgia

The NBA and many of its players are working to encourage voter turnout ahead of November’s election. The Atlanta Hawks’ home arena, State Farm Arena, will also be converted into a voting precinct as the largest voting facility in Georgia.

The state has a history of voter disenfranchisement and saw Republican Gov. Brian Kemp elected in 2018 while overseeing, as secretary of state, what ended as a disputed election. Primary elections in the state in June were conducted amid hours-long lines and confusion at polling places.

Efforts like Millsap’s and the Hawks’ seek to mitigate those challenges to voting access.

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