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July 18, 2024

Take me out to the voting booth
Sports arenas stepped up in 2020, will they in 2024?

By Tova Wang, Director of Research Projects in Democratic Practice
Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School

In 2020, we had an election amid a pandemic, the George Floyd protests, and an extremely tense political climate.  That year, professional sports teams stepped up to the plate to do their part in supporting American democracy.  In close partnership with local election officials around the country, they opened the doors of their arenas and stadiums to be used as polling sites — 48 professional sports facilities were used for voting that year. 

Considering the current crisis facing our democracy, teams and election administrators are looking to join together to help support elections again.  Given the success of the partnerships in 2020, engaging in them again in 2024 will be a valuable, patriotic, and easily implemented contribution professional sports teams can make to help the overburdened elections officials, their local communities, and the democratic process.

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