Fulton County and the Georgia Elections Board have agreed to a plan that will utilize the Atlanta Hawks State Farm Arena to create Georgia’s largest-ever voting precinct with capacities to implement COVID-19 social distancing safety precautions. The Hawks’ Arena will be open to primary elections on August 11, 2020 and for the General election on November 3, 2020.
Motivated by the growing national discussions about race emerge in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, Hawk’s owner Tony Ressler decided to take a tangible steps to engage African Americans and ethnic/racial minorities. Ressler stated, “When our ownership group purchased the Hawks & 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.”
Advantages to utilizing State Farm Arena include: its ability to accommodate large staffs, multiple large open spaces, office suites, and more. Additionally, the Hawks committed to having 300 facility workers to assist on election day, saving the Fulton County thousands of dollars.
In response to Ressler’s offer, Mary Carole Cooney, chairperson of the county’s election board said, “State Farm Arena is an ideal solution to help us serve thousands of voters while maintaining social distancing requirements.” Further she state, “We appreciate the Hawks for coming to us with this creative solution.”
Conveniently situated at a mass transit hub the Hawk’s arena provides an idea venue to as a precinct. Since the Hawks offered their arena, other NBA teams including the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks have taken steps to serve as precincts with their local municipalities.
Source: Good News Network