With Assist from LeBron James, Dodger Stadium to Serve as Voting Center For 2020 Election

Ameera Butt
August 13, 2020 - 5:20 pm

Dodger Stadium will be a Vote Center for the 2020 Presidential General Election in November.

There will be free parking to any registered voter in Los Angeles County over a five-day period, according to a press release from the LA Dodgers Thursday.

The Dodgers are the first MLB team to make their stadium available for voting. 

The news was announced by the Dodgers, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, and California Secretary of State’s office.

The Dodger Stadium voting site is a joint effort between the Dodgers and More Than A Vote, a non-profit coalition of that Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James helped create. The nonprofit is Black athletes and artists working together to combat systemic, racist voter suppression.

“I may still be new to LA but didn’t take long for me to learn how special the relationship is between the Dodgers and Lakers.  We are all in this together,” said LeBron James, who helped create More Than A Vote, an emailed press release.  “I’m really proud we were able to help the Dodgers become the first MLB stadium to open for voting. This is exactly why we created More Than a Vote. A lot of us now working together and here for every team who wants to follow the Dodgers lead and turn their stadium into a safer place for voting.”

Dodger Stadium has been used, for the majority of this year, as the biggest COVID-19 testing site in LA County.

 “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 in an emailed press release. “Voting is all of our civic duty, and we’re excited to work with More than a Vote to do anything we can to help get out the vote by making this process as easy, accessible and safe for all Angelenos.”

“The Los Angeles Dodgers hosting a vote center at Dodger Stadium is a home run for democracy,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in an emailed press release. “Civic partnerships that help us offer new and safer voting options is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope this partnership, which is the first by a Major League Baseball team, inspires others to join us as we work to educate the public on changes to the November General Election and to identify new voting locations and poll workers.“

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