The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) hosted a media event recently at Banc of California Stadium to showcase the venue as a regional voting center ahead of the upcoming November election. They also highlighted L.A. Free The Vote, a civic engagement initiative for people who have reentered society from jail and prison, raising awareness of their right to vote.

L.A. County residents will have the opportunity to vote in-person or drop off Vote by Mail ballots for a five-day period between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 at the world-class sporting venue located in the heart of Los Angeles. The stadium will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Voting hours will be extended on Election Day, with the stadium opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.

Voting rights for people with criminal convictions is a racial justice issue: Black people are only 8 percent of L.A. County residents but make up 29 percent of the jail population, and Latinx people are 48 percent of L.A. County residents and make up 52 percent of the jail population.

Lack of awareness about the right to vote and inconsistency in laws from state to state created de-facto disenfranchisement. That’s why L.A. Free the Vote — an L.A. County and community initiative — aims to make L.A. a national leader in systematically offering voter registration to the justice-involved population and encouraging them to vote.

Beginning October 30, voters can access the center through the NW Gates on Christmas Tree Lane with voting booths set up on the west concourse within Banc of California Stadium. Free parking will be available to voters at the Blue Structure in front of the California Science Center.