Hollywood Palladium Will Serve As Voting Center For 2020 Election
HOLLYWOOD, CA —L.A.’s most notable concert venues have tragically been empty for most of 2020, but they’ll be put to good use during election season. Live Nation announced that several of their concert venues will serve as voting centers, including the storied Hollywood Palladium.
The company will also incentivize employees to serve as poll staffers and provide up to a half-day of paid time off to allow employees to vote.
“Core to what we do at Live Nation is helping amplify voices on stage around the world, and supporting voting is another important way we want to continue making voices heard,” Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino said. “We’re honored to work with such incredible partners and will do everything in our power to support and empower voter engagement among our employees and the public.”
Live Nation also partnered with More Than a Vote, a collective of athletes such as LeBron James and Michael Vick working to protect voting rights and raise election awareness.
“By converting their concert venues into voting locations, Live Nation is creating a safe and convenient way for people to exercise their right to vote this fall,” said Michael Tyler, EVP of Public Affairs More Than A Vote. “Similar to the sports arenas More Than A Vote has worked to convert into voting locations, many of Live Nation’s venues are located in the heart of the communities that we are committed to empowering in this election and offer the same COVID protections due to their large capacity.”
The Hollywood Palladium has been closed since March, when Live Nation halted tours and shuttered venues due to the pandemic. Since opening in 1940, the venue has hosted Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z and even a dinner for John F. Kennedy.