Vermont Conversation: Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki on the push for voting in sports arenas

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A group of activists has led numerous professional sports teams to agree to have their stadiums and arenas serve as election centers. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

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When NBA players walked off the court in protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in late August, they announced a surprising precondition for their return: that the arenas in which they played should be used as voting sites in the November 2020 election.

The idea had been floated by a group of activists led by Eugene Jarecki, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker from Vermont. Jarecki is co-chair of the non-partisan Election Super Centers Project. Numerous professional sports teams have now agreed to have their stadiums and arenas serve as election centers, including the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Steelers, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, and Washington Wizards. Jarecki explains how the idea became reality with the help of basketball superstar LeBron James, coach Doc Rivers, and others, and why they view this move as a vital strategy to defend fair elections and American democracy.

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