I feel for everyone who had to trudge out in April for the primary election, when Milwaukee moved from 180 of polling places to a mere five, resulting in lengthy lines and long waits during the initial height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After intense back and forth, Wisconsin is moving forward with today's election.— NPR (@NPR) April 7, 2020
The city of Milwaukee, with a total population near 600,000, had just five polling places open — compared to about 180 during normal times. https://t.co/FVTUBrCEc9
To combat that issue, the Milwaukee Bucks are partnering with LeBron James’ More Than A Vote group to potentially offer the Fiserv Forum as a place for citizens to cast their vote. In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Bucks Senior VP mentioned that, however possible, the Fiserv Forum could hopefully serve as a location to assist with voting efforts this Fall.
“We just want to continue to do what we can to make sure that people can safely exercise their right to vote,” Lasry told the Journal Sentinel. “If that means that we serve as a voter registration place, great. If it means that we can be a polling place, great. We want the city to know, and the people of Milwaukee to know, that we’re here to assist and be a resource in any way we can.”
Utilizing the Fiserv Forum is part of a larger effort from James’ group to capitalize on empty sports stadiums as voting locations this Fall. Recently, the Atlanta Hawks announced their arena would serve that same purpose following excessively long lines during Georgia’s primary.
The Atlanta Hawks are committing their arena to serve as a polling place during Georgia's upcoming elections and said arena staff will be trained as voluntary poll workers. https://t.co/nZ6RlpNBcL— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 29, 2020
Whatever your political affiliation, voting remains a fundamental right that should be as widely available as possible. Good on the Bucks organization for trying to make that a reality during the continued difficulties wrought by COVID-19.