LeBron James and President Barack Obama at the White House in 2013. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

NBA star LeBron James' More Than a Vote campaign to increase the number of poll workers in Black electoral districts has recruited 10,000 volunteers since it launched in the summer, the New York Times first reported Wednesday.

Of note: Later Wednesday, James' voting movement received a glowing endorsement from former President Barack Obama, who appeared virtually alongside other NBA greats, including Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Clyde Drexler, and More Than a Vote poll workers during game 1 of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Obama said he wanted to "give a shoutout to all the folks who are volunteering" for More Than a Vote. "It is absolutely vital for our democracy and I appreciate you," he said.

The big picture: More Than a Vote's "We Got Next" initiative is a collaboration with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

  • The groups said in a joint statement that the next phase would focus on 11 cities "where significant poll worker shortages remain": Birmingham, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; Houston and San Antonio in Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit and Flint in Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Flashback: LeBron James forms voting rights group to inspire black voters

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Obama's appearance and his remarks.

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Obama at voting drive: "We can come out of this moment stronger than before"

A screenshot of former President Barack Obama from the Pull Up & Vote Party. Photo: Complex/YouTube

Former President Barack Obama said while urging people to vote for Joe Biden at the virtual Pull Up & Vote Party voting initiative Tuesday he found it "inspiring" that young Americans were organizing and "fighting for change."

The big picture: "We can come out of this moment stronger than before," Obama said. "In times as polarized as these, your vote doesn’t just matter, it matters more than ever before. .. "Let's go win this thing." The event, hosted by activist Tamika Mallory and featuring a host of celebrities, was designed to encourage engagement and voter turnout in November's election.

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67,000 felons registered to vote after Florida restored their rights

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67,000 people registered to vote after Florida restored voting rights to most felons in a 2018 ballot initiative, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Election results in the battleground state — which previously instituted a lifetime voting ban for people with felony convictions — could come down to these 67,000 votes. But the number still falls well short of the 1.4 million people that community organizers hoped to register.

Axios-Ipsos poll: Voters of color worry about militias, arrests

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±2.6% margin of error; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Fears that armed militias, police or COVID-19 await them at the polls are disproportionately shaping how Americans of color think about in-person voting, according to an Ipsos poll for Axios.

Why it matters: Participation by voters of color could decide whether President Trump or Joe Biden wins, and whether Democrats take control of both chambers of Congress.

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