While all Californians will have received a ballot in their mailbox a month prior to the election, many remain skeptical of the vote-by-mail option. On the other hand, voting in person poses the risk of large crowds and extensive lines—which is a less than ideal scenario during a pandemic.
Thankfully, in a joint effort between LeBron James, the Dodgers and More than a Vote, the Top Deck Dodger Stadium will be the first Major League Baseball stadium to become a voting center. Oh, and parking will be free! Along with that, a number of major Los Angeles landmarks will also be turned into polling stations that allow for a more socially distanced—and epic—voting experience.
It’s #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and we want to make sure you’re ready to vote! Check your voter status and complete your registration by the 10/19 deadline.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 22, 2020
There are three ways of returning your ballot: by mail (no postage is necessary), in person or at any Vote by Mail drop box location, or at any Vote Center in L.A. County. All ballots postmarked by Election Day, received by the L.A. County Registrar’s Office within the 17-day window, will be counted.
Additionally, this year, L.A. County residents will be able to vote from any one of these voting centers within the county. But you’ll need to be registered and check your status here first. Note that the registration deadline is October 19.
So, if you’d like to make your voting experience an iconic one, then these are some of the landmarks that you’ll be able to vote at this year:
1. Dodger Stadium
This has to be the most scenic voting option L.A. has ever seen. Find out about the Top Deck voting experience here.
2. Hammer Museum
From Saturday, October 24, to Monday, November 2, you can vote at the museum from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On election day on Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day), it will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurants and galleries will be closed, parking is free and there’ll be a single route through the premises marked with signage.
3. The Hollywood Bowl
From Saturday, October 24, through Monday, November 2, you can vote from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day), you can vote from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Voting center is located on the patio along Pepper Tree Lane, with free parking available at Lot B.
4. Hollywood Palladium
Live Nation has helped turn over 100 iconic venues into polling stations nationwide. No details other than this post have been released, but going on that information, it seems you’ll be able to vote on Election Day, November 3. By entering your details, you can head to the link to find your nearest station.
5. Staples Center
This will probably be the closest you’ll get to the court this year for Lakers fans. Voters can cast their ballot at Staples Center from Friday, October 30 through Election Day, November 3. It is also an official mail drop box location for those who prefer to mail-in voters.
6. SoFi Stadium
From Friday, October 30 to Monday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, November 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All LA County registered voters are eligible to vote at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park’s Vote Center.
7. The Forum
The Forum will serve as an official Vote Center where voters can vote in person or drop off mail-in ballots at the Inglewood arena from October 24 through November 3.
8. The Galen Center
USC’s arena will host voters from October 30 through November 3. There’ll be free parking at the Figueroa Parking Structure located behind the USC Hotel on Figueroa Street.
Head to the individual links above for further details on logistics and opening dates.
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