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There aren’t many sport events or concerts happening in Charlotte these days. However, some of the city’s stadiums could be seeing a lot of foot traffic for a different reason in the fall.

Spectrum Center hasn’t held a public event since the NBA stopped the regular season on March 11th due to the pandemic, but the arena has been approved to serve as a polling site for early voting this year. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports that the same is true of Bojangles’ Coliseum and Bank of America Stadium. It remains to be seen if the Carolina Panthers will even allow fans to attend games during the upcoming season.

In all, 33 sites were approved to host early voting by the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections this week. Details for the poll sites are still being worked out, but it’s understandable why stadiums would be chosen. Larger spaces can accommodate the appropriate social-distancing measures needed at this time.

Do you prefer to vote in person or will you opt for an absentee ballot this year?

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