Los Angeles Dodgers fans might be allowed at Dodger Stadium in 2020 after all. The team, and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, partnered to make Dodger Stadium a polling site for the 2020 general election, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
With the move, Dodger Stadium will become the first MLB stadium to be used as a voting center.
The Dodgers partnered with James’ new group — More Than a Vote — which he started in June. The group is dedicated to making voting more accessible for the Black community. More Than a Vote is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, meaning it cannot engage directly in political campaigns. It seeks to raise awareness and educate voters on their voting rights, and how to properly cast a ballot. James was inspired to create the group after seeing voters in Georgia wait in long lines to cast their votes during the primary.
In the days leading up to the Nov. 3 election, voters from Los Angeles County will be allowed to drive to Dodger Stadium, park for free and cast their vote. It’s unclear whether votes will be cast outside or inside the stadium, according to Passan. The stadium will follow CDC social distancing recommendations.
Dodger Stadium has served as a coronavirus testing and food distribution site in 2020.
Dodgers aren’t the first team to making voting more accessible
While Dodger Stadium is the first MLB park to be turned into a polling site, the Dodgers aren’t the first sports team to dedicate resources toward making voting more accessible. In July, the Detroit Pistons announced the team’s new performance center would be a polling site for future elections. The Pistons also announced it would give employees paid days off Aug. 4 and Nov. 3 so they can vote. The Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks have also agreed to offer up their arenas as polling sites.
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