LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and David Price of the Los Angeles Dodgers have made a decision to bring their resources together to transform the Dodgers Stadium into a polling site for the 2020 General Election coming up in a few months.
This is big news during the times of coronavirus as consequently, many states have been grappling with ideas on how to allow their residents to vote in this year’s upcoming election while minimizing their risk of exposure.
In a statement released by the Public Relations department of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team had this to say about the newly announced move: “The Dodgers, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, and California Secretary of State’s office today announced that Dodger Stadium will serve as a Vote Center for the Presidential General Election. The site will be accessible with free parking to any registered voter in Los Angeles County over a five-day period with operational details to be announced at a later date. The Dodgers are the first team in Major League Baseball to make their stadium available for voting and the site will follow all CDC and Public Health guidelines regarding social distancing.”
What It Means
Being that California has been one of the primary states affected by the coronavirus pandemic, this is big news for all residents living in the area. The stadium conversion is also a collaboration between the Dodgers and the more Than A Vote association, which is a non-profit coalition between various black artists and athletes who are trying to educate and protect minority communities from threats such as systematic racism and voter suppression.
This isn’t the first time that the Dodgers stadium has been converted into a community effort center. Earlier this year, the Dodgers stadium was revamped to act as a food distribution site to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic.
It has also served as the largest COVID-19 testing location in the country. The details about how voters will be able to use the Dodger’s stadium have emerged.
What To Expect
If you plan on using the renovated stadium to cast your ballot in the upcoming general election, you’ll be Abe to drive to the polling station beginning the first five days leading up to the election, which is scheduled to take place on Nov. 3rd. Dodger CEO and President said the following about his decision to allow the stadium to be used for voting purposes: “Dodger Stadium is part of the fabric of Los Angeles, and we’re proud to continue to partner with the County to make the property available for the benefit of the community at large,” said Dodger President & CEO Stan Kasten.”
As the primary election gets closer and closer, many Los Angeles residents will be excited to use the new voting facility.