LeBron James And Dodgers Turn Dodger Stadium Into A Voting Center

With this is very important election year approaching, many celebrities have been using their platforms to encourage citizens to go and vote in November. On Thursday, it was announced that LeBron James and his group “More Than A Vote” will be teaming up with the Los Angeles Dodgers to turn Dodgers Stadium into a voting site. LeBron formed his group “More Than A Vote,” back in June aiming to level the playing field, fighting voter suppression. Just last month, the “More Than A Vote” group donated $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s fund to help pay off any outstanding fees and fines associated with felony convictions before residents registered to vote.

According to ESPN, this is the first time that a major league baseball team has offered their facility to be turned into a voting center. In the past few months, Dodgers Stadium has also been used as a site for food distribution and coronavirus testing due to the current pandemic.

James talked about this new partnership and said, “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. 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.”

The five days prior to November 3rd, which is Election Day, and on Election Day, all registered voters will be able to park at the stadium for free as they vote. Right now, it is not really clear on whether or not ballots will be inside or outside of the stadium but social distancing protocols will be enforced.

Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten also said, “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. 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.”