NOLA Smoothie Center Part Of ‘Make History Here’ Initiative
Some big names are joining their resources to make everyone "has access to a ballot" as rap pioneer Check D says, because every American has that right. Sadly some politicians are going out of their way to make it hard for poor registered voters to access the polls or ballot drop-off boxes. These so-called patriots are abusing their power and deliberately closing or relocating polling stations. Elected officials, whose only job is to serve the people of their state, are shamefully removing ballot drop-off boxes or limiting 1 box per county to discourage people in poor/heavy minority populated communities from voting.
This is a blatant attempt to disenfranchise voters, especially those with no transportation. However, various local politicians, Hollywood celebs, and prominent athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS are using their platforms and financial resources to put a stop to it by launching the "Make History Here" initiative. LeBron James, Chuck D, Eminem, Orlando Bloom, Leonardo DiCaprio, T.I., D.L.Hughley, Jeffery Wright and many more are helping to open more than 70 sporting arenas and coliseums nationwide.
Now voters across the country will have easier access to vote and a safe place to social distance and protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus. NBA legend and head coach of the 76's, Doc Rivers said of the initiative, "You're used to going to these arenas to cheer on your favorite teams. Now you can use these spaces to really make your voices heard in an even more profound way...by exercising your right to vote."
The New Orleans Pelicans Smoothie King Center, as well as the Houston Rockets, Houston Texans, University of Houston, Dallas Mavericks, Rice University and San Antonio Spurs will open to thousands of voters on November 3. Find a participating Election Super Center near you!
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