Dodger Stadium will serve as a vote center for the general elections in November, according to the Dodgers, the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder and the office of the California Attorney General.
“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,” their statement said. “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.”
The Dodger Stadium voting site represents a joint effort between the Dodgers and More Than A Vote, a nonprofit coalition of Black athletes and artists working together to educate, energize and protect young communities of color by fighting “the lies and systemic, racist voter suppression that stands in the way of Black voices being heard.”
“I may still be new to L.A. but it 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. “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.”
Added Dodger pitcher and More Than A Vote Member David Price: “Winning takes collaboration, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing between Los Angeles County and professional sports here in L.A.”
Registrar-Recorder Dean C. Logan said the county is “thrilled to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers. We are thankful for their commitment.
“Hosting a Vote Center at Dodger Stadium is a grand slam that allows us to meet public health standards for physical distancing while ensuring voters have access to in-person voting options in the presidential election. In uncertain times, it is collaborations such as this that demonstrate the spirit of community and the strength of our democracy. We encourage voters to head out to the ballpark to make their voices heard this fall.”
Also praising the arrangement was Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who said that “the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting a Vote Center at Dodger Stadium is a home run for democracy.”