The Milwaukee Bucks confirmed on Monday that Fiserv Forum will serve as an early voting site for the 2020 general election.
Before the NBA returned to action following the Milwaukee Bucks‘ walkout in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake last week, the players and owners agreed to a variety of different conditions for resuming play.
In short, the NBA’s players wanted to see a greater commitment from owners and teams in terms of helping to bring about real societal change and, on that front, the Bucks have now acted on one of those steps.
In a move that had already been in the works since long before the Bucks’ protest at Walt Disney World Resort, the Bucks officially confirmed that Fiserv Forum will be used as an early voting location ahead of the 2020 general election.
The news was announced in a press conference by Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry, with Mayor Tom Barrett, city officials, and Milwaukee Brewers director of business communications Leslie Stachowia, also in attendance. The Brewers will be joining the Bucks in the initiative, with Miller Park serving as a drive through voting site.
Speaking at the announcement, Lasry said:
“We are excited that Fiserv Forum will be designated an early vote site. The pandemic has added another barrier to voting for vulnerable communities, so this will help us make sure that everyone in Milwaukee has a safe and convenient way to exercise their right to vote. By converting Fiserv Forum into a voting location, we can make sure everyone’s voice can be heard in a safe and responsible way.”
Adding to that, Mayor Barrett outlined how Milwaukee is acting as a benchmark in terms of providing safe voting opportunities ahead of the fall:
“We are now fortunate to announce that not only have we found one, but we have found two locations that are absolutely fabulous for allowing more people to exercise their right to vote. Nationally, Milwaukee has become the leader by providing both Fiserv Forum and Miller Park for early voting. I don’t know of another city in this nation that is using a major league ballpark and an NBA arena for early voting— that’s how committed we are to making sure that people’s voices are heard.”
Considering part of the Bucks players’ call to action when speaking to the media from outside of their locker room in Orlando last Wednesday was to encourage people to vote, the organization are doing their part in helping that to become a reality for the citizens of Milwaukee.