Los Angeles Sparks stars Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike volunteered at a drive-thru voting station at Toyota Center in Houston, per the Harris County Clerk Twitter account.
Chiney and Nneka are natives of Tomball, Texas. Their younger sister, Olivia, spent her final three collegiate seasons at Rice in Houston, and Erica Ogwumike just graduated from the school.
"So, why am I doing calling out of my job to work the polls? First, because I can. I am privileged to work for a company that is allowing it, and I'm blessed to be able to take a day off work without losing pay. Second, because it's needed. In most election years, the older generation has predominantly manned the polling stations. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting elderly people, it's important for us young, healthy folks to carry the torch. I've also been so inspired by my WNBA colleagues this season, standing up for their beliefs both on and off the court, and this is my way to contribute to moving that needle for change."
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Harris County instituted drive-thru voting. The process allows anybody of voting age to cast a ballot from inside his or her vehicle.
A group of Republicans petitioned the Texas Supreme Court to invalidate ballots that had been cast through drive-thru voting, but the judges denied the motion Monday. To stave off further legal challenges, Harris County closed its drive-thru locations on Election Day with the exception of Toyota Center.