Alameda County voters can vote in person in the Oakland Arena, vote from their car, or drop off a completed mail-in ballot
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Coliseum Accessible Voting Location will open to all Alameda County residents on Saturday, Oct. 31 through Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The Coliseum Accessible Voting Location will include in-person voting in the Oakland Arena, curbside voting from the car, and ballot drop boxes for individuals to deposit their completed mail-in ballots.
The Coliseum Accessible Voting Location will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voting services on-site will also include registering to vote in person (including on Election Day), assistance with voting, and replacing lost or damaged ballots. Free parking will be available in D Lot, which can be accessed from the 66th Avenue entrance.
The Coliseum Accessible Voting Location will follow all CDC and public health guidelines regarding social distancing and masks. For in-person voting in the Oakland Arena, voters must follow physical distancing protocols and must wear a face covering when they are inside or within 25 feet of a voting location. Masks will be provided to any voter who needs one.
Announced last month, the A’s joined the California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Alameda County, and the Coliseum Authority (JPA) to ensure Alameda County residents have a safe and easily accessible location to vote in the 2020 General Election. The Coliseum Accessible Voting Location is the largest of the 100 voting centers in Alameda County.
The Oakland A’s are providing 3,000 KN95 masks and 1,300 pre-loaded Clipper cards to help ensure the most vulnerable Alameda County residents can vote safely in the 2020 General Election. The team is partnering with the Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, AC Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and social service agencies on the initiative.
Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and through Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3, the masks and Clipper cards, each loaded with an AC Transit one-day local pass, are being distributed to residents of local shelters, RV sites, and homeless encampments in Alameda County. In partnership with the A’s, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, Bay Area Community Services, Downtown Streets Team, East Oakland Collective, and LavaMae are helping with the distribution.
“We are proud to do our part to provide adequate PPE for unhoused citizens in our community,” said Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval. “We felt it was also important to ensure these residents can safely travel to Accessible Voting Locations by providing Clipper cards. We thank our incredible partners, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, AC Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and a number of local social service agencies for their partnership and support.”
“People experiencing homelessness face numerous barriers which limit their participation in the election process,” said Colleen Chawla, Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. “We are teaming up with the Oakland A’s to ensure all people have a voice in shaping their future and the opportunity to get out and vote safely.”
“This year will be no ordinary election largely because COVID-19 has changed the way we cast our votes,” says Michael Hursh, AC Transit General Manager. “We have, however, confronted the challenge head-on: our entire bus fleet has retrofitted Bus Operator Shields, onboard facemasks and hand sanitizer dispensers, social distancing mandates, and contactless payment devices for Clipper Card. All of which ensures AC Transit will continue its 60-year tradition of getting East Bay voters to the polls.”
“MTC thanks the A’s for the opportunity to join the team ensuring vulnerable citizens can not only get out to vote, but can do so safely,” said Andrew Fremier, the Commission’s Deputy Executive Director for Operations. “We appreciate the work being done by many local social service agencies to distribute the Clipper cards and masks in order to encourage voting.”
For more information and to take action, visit athletics.com/vote.
MEDIA NOTE: The Coliseum Accessible Voting Location will follow state mandates and protocols outlined by the Secretary of State regarding media at a voting location. Media interested in covering the voting location should contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office to coordinate coverage before coming to the Coliseum site.
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