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Sport Atlanta Hawks to transform State Farm Arena into massive voting station for 2020 elections

15:42  30 june  2020
15:42  30 june  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Fulton County Registration and Elections Board approved a plan by the Hawks to turn State Farm Arena into a massive polling station for Georgia's In addition, State Farm Arena will serve as one of 19 polling locations that will offer early voting for a 19-day period prior to Election Day in both the

ATLANTA -- If you donate it, will they come? The Hawks certainly expect so after offering to transform State Farm Arena into a voting precinct for the fall Suddenly, a spacious basketball arena that was supposed to be dark in fall -- the revamped 2020 -21 NBA season tentatively isn’t scheduled to begin

Georgia's primary election exposed a myriad of issues of voting during a pandemic, beginning with long wait times and including malfunctioning equipment. 

a large bridge over some water: General view of State Farm Arena where a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks was cancelled after the NBA season was suspended due to coronavirus. © Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports General view of State Farm Arena where a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks was cancelled after the NBA season was suspended due to coronavirus.

The problems, particularly prevalent in precincts used by Black voters, caught the attention of NBA stars such as LeBron James — and the hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks.

On Monday, the Hawks and Fulton County announced that State Farm Arena will become a polling place to create Georgia's largest-ever voting precinct. The venue's large indoor spaces offers officials the ability to install hundreds of voting machines and to adhere the CDC guidelines.

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ATLANTA –- Fulton County is partnering with the Atlanta Hawks to create Georgia’s largest-ever voting precinct at State Farm Arena , starting with early voting on July 20 for the Georgia General Primary Runoff Election on August 11. This unique partnership will allow tens of thousands of voters

Atlanta Hawks opening up their arena as a massive early voting site. On Monday, leadership from the Hawks and Fulton County held a press conference to announce that not only will the arena be a voting site, but that hundreds of State Farm Arena staff will be trained as volunteer poll workers

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“State Farm Arena is an ideal solution to help us serve thousands of voters while maintaining social distancing requirements,” said Mary Carole Cooney, chairperson of the Fulton County Board of Registration & Elections. “We appreciate the Hawks for coming to us with this creative solution.”

Ballots can start being cast at State Farm Arena on July 20, when early voting for the Georgia runoff election (Aug. 11) begins. Voters can park for free, and State Farm Arena full-time and part-time staff will be trained as election workers.

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The Atlanta Hawks have committed their arena as an early voting site for Georgia's upcoming elections . The basketball team has also challenged other NBA teams to become civically involved ahead of the November election . In a press conference Monday, leadership from the Hawks and

State Farm Arena - Atlanta . The food and beer was fantastic. State Farm Arena is the home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks . The sports and entertainment venue recently completed a massive The transformed arena features the third-largest center-hung scoreboard in the NBA, new sightlines with

Officials anticipate using the arena for other election operations, such as counting absentee and mail-in forms. 

"When our ownership group purchased the Hawks and State Farm Arena five years ago, we were clear that we felt it was our responsibility to make sure the organization was an important civic asset to the city of Atlanta," Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler said in a statement. "Utilizing State Farm Arena and our incredible staff to make the arena an accessible and vital polling site in an important election year is a fulfillment on that promise." 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Atlanta Hawks to transform State Farm Arena into massive voting station for 2020 elections

We don't have to have chaos when America votes this fall (opinion) .
Josh Douglas says the Kentucky primary could be a model for other states confronting a challenging election this fall. The dire predictions of endless lines and chaos didn't come true.The predictions for Kentucky's primary this year were dire: massive lines at the polls. A single polling place for over 600,000 voters in the state's largest city, Louisville, with minority voters impacted the most. Lines lasting all night.

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