Dodger Stadium Will Be the First MLB Ballpark to Become a Polling Place

The Dodgers are teaming up with LeBron James to create a safe (and iconic) in-person voting center

With Donald Trump actively trying to limit mail-in voting and people leery of crowded polling stations during the pandemic, LeBron James and the Dodgers are offering an alternative solution by turning Dodger Stadium into a voting center for anyone registered to cast a ballot in Los Angeles County—and parking will be free.

The move is a joint effort between the team and More than a Vote, the organization LeBron James co-founded in June to fight voter suppression and discrimination.

“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,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement on the team’s website. “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.”

“I may still be new to L.A. 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,” James said. “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 [are] working together and here for every team who wants to follow the Dodgers lead and turn their stadium into a safer place for voting.”

The park has been closed to fans this season but has served as L.A.’s largest COVID-19 testing site as well as a staging ground for emergency equipment and a food distribution. It will be open to voters for five days leading up to Election Day on November 3.

L.A. County registrar-recorder/county clerk Dean C. Logan says the stadium “will meet public health standards for physical distancing while ensuring voters have access to in-person voting options in the Presidential election.”

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