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The Wiltern
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These L.A. landmarks are doubling as voting centers for the November 2020 election

Dodger Stadium, the Wiltern and other massive venues will turn into polling places open to all Angelenos.

By
Michael Juliano
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All Californians will have a vote-by-mail ballot sitting in their mailbox by a month before the November election. But let’s say you trust the Postal Service about as much as you trust traffic on the 405 and want to vote in person. Thankfully, some of L.A.’s most recognizable venues are here to help.

The Dodgers announced in August they’d operate as a voting center ahead of the election, and since then a bunch of other sports arenas and music venues have joined in.

Unlike past elections, in which voters were assigned to a specific polling place in their own neighborhood, L.A. County has now transitioned to a voting center model: county residents can vote at any voting center in the county. Look out for the full list of locations about a month ahead of the election, and make sure to check your status here.

In the meantime, here are some of the noteworthy spots where you’ll be able to vote on (and ahead of) the November 3 presidential election—including some with limited-edition “I Voted” stickers. And before you head out, here’s what else you need to know about voting in L.A.

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium will be open to all registered voters for five days leading up to the election. To make this happen, the team joined forces with Lakers star LeBron James and his organization More Than a Vote, which aims to fight Black voter suppression (pitcher David Price counts himself as a member, too). As far as additional day-of logistics, the voting center will be open from October 30 to November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm.

Staples Center

The home of the Lakers will be open as a voting center from October 24 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm. In addition, the arena will have an official drop box for mail-in ballots.

SoFi Stadium
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SoFi Stadium

You unfortunately won’t be able to step inside of the stadium, but the brand-new home of the Rams and Chargers announced that it’ll set up a voting center in its parking lot. From October 30 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm, you can cast your vote from Parking Lot N of the Inglewood stadium (enter off Prairie and Arbor Vitae and make a right onto District Drive; the vote center will be in the parking lot in the NFL Trailer).

The Forum

The Clippers will host in-person voting and mail-in drop-offs at the Inglewood arena from October 24 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm. In addition, they’ve put up a site with general voting info—and, of course, Clippers-branded merch. (Confused by what the Clippers have to do with the Forum? The team bought the arena back in May so that it can build a competing one down the block.)

Banc of California Stadium

LAFC is opening up Banc of California Stadium as a voting center. You can cast your vote in the stadium itself, on the west concourse, from October 30 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm.

The Galen Center

USC’s basketball and volleyball arena will host voters from October 30 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm. You’ll find the entrance on the south side of the building, with free parking just south at the Figueroa Parking Structure, located behind the USC Hotel.

The Music Center
Photograph: Courtesy Tim Street-Porter

The Music Center

Downtown’s grand Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will welcome voters in the Stern Grand Hall (if you’ve been to a show there, that’s the open space on the second floor in front of the towering windows). You’ll be able to swing by from October 24 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm; look for free parking in the Music Center garage on Grand Avenue between Temple and 1st Street.

The Hollywood Bowl

You won’t be able to vote inside of the Bowl itself, but you will be able to cast your ballot from the parking lot (Lot B, and good news: no stacked parking and it’s free). Like the Music Center, it’ll be open from October 24 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm.

Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Hamilton is still down until next spring, but you’ll be able to step inside of the Hollywood theater’s lobby to cast your vote from October 30 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm. You can also drop off your mail-in ballot there.

Hollywood Palladium
Photograph: Courtesy Live Nation

Hollywood Palladium

Concert promoter and club owner Live Nation announced that it was partnering with More Than a Vote and Civic Alliance to explore turning more than 100 of its venues nationwide into voting centers, and the Hollywood concert hall is among the first ones to be confirmed. No other details are available yet.

The Wiltern

Just like the Palladium, Live Nation will also open up the Koreatown theater as a voting center.

Hammer Museum

The Westwood museum will welcome voters from October 24 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm. And if you need a little assistance in sorting our this year’s statewide propositions, the Hammer will be hosting virtual lectures on California’s ballot measures.

Museum of Latin American Art

The Long Beach museum will be open from October 30 to November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm.

Skirball Cultural Center

The Sepulveda Pass museum will host voters inside its Ahmanson Hall ballroom, and parking is free in the garage. You can vote from October 24 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm, and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm.

Universal CityWalk
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Universal CityWalk

Universal Studios may still be closed, but its adjacent outdoor mall is open—and hosting a voting center. Swing by October 24 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm to cast your vote or drop off your ballot. Parking is free, and that’s actually where you’ll find the voting center, in the Jurassic Parking structure.

The Magic Castle

Hollywood’s most famous magicians clubhouse will welcome voters this year—though sadly you’ll have to stick to the outside in the circular driveway. No matter, you can cast your ballot there from October 23 through November 2 from 10am to 7pm and on November 3 from 7am to 8pm.

Hotel Figueroa

The Downtown hotel—which was founded in 1926 as an exclusive women’s hostel by the YWCA—will serve as a polling place from October 30 to November 2 (10am–7pm) and November 3 (7am–8pm) in the handsome Gran Sala event space.

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