North Carolina cancels basketball practice so players, coaches can vote
The North Carolina Tar Heels aren’t holding practice on Tuesday — Election Day — so that players and coaches can go vote.
Point guard Joel Berry posted encouraging followers to get out and vote, as well, which the team shared.
— Joel Berry II (@JoelBerryII) November 8, 2016
There’s been some controversy in North Carolina surrounding voter suppression, with restrictions on early voting, same-day voter registration and stricter ID requirements affecting voting. Those provisions were ended over the summer, but there’s an ongoing debate about how minorities in particular have been affected across the state.
One thing the Tar Heels may not have to worry about: the state has traditionally leaned red, so forget Duke blue vs. UNC blue. But then again, this year, it’s considered a battleground state.