St. Louis may make Busch Stadium a polling place in November


ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - There are no fans allowed inside Busch Stadium for Major League Baseball games this season, but registered voters in St. Louis may be allowed through the gates to cast a historic vote this year. 

A tweet from The Athletic's Mark Saxon says the St. Louis Cardinals are "open" to the idea of allowing the ballpark to be used as a polling place "if it’s something that interests the City of St. Louis." It could be something similar to what the Houston Rockets have agreed to do in Harris County with the Toyota Center. 

The arena will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Oct. 13-30 and on Election Day, Nov. 3, for any registered voter in Harris County to fill out a ballot. 

The Cardinals chairman and president, Bill DeWitt Jr. and Bill DeWitt III reportedly have recently reached out to Mayor Lyda Krewson to offer use of the ballpark, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The City of St. Louis Comptroller’s Office announced it will be opening three satellite offices to process in-person absentee ballots during the November 2020 election. 

The St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment approved $60,000 of the city’s CARES-Pandemic 2020 Contingency funds to be used by to the Board of Election Commissioners. With that money, they'll operate the three satellite offices. The location of those offices has not been announced. 

“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about foreign interference in U.S. elections, more than ever people want to make sure their votes are counted,” said Comptroller Darlene Green. “This additional funding will help our Board of Election Commissioners assure that in-person absentee voting is accessible for voters in St. Louis.”

In-person absentee voting in St. Louis begins on September 22 and ends at 5:00 P.M. the day before the election. Voters may also request a mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot by mail. For more information see the Board of Election Commissioners website.

The Rockets announced that the Toyota Center will follow all CDC and Public Health guidelines regarding social distancing and have partnered with Houston First to provide free parking at the arena throughout the voting process. 

"Our elections this November will be historic – not only because we are electing the President of the United States, but also because we must meet the challenge as a community to ensure that every Harris County voter can cast their vote safely," said Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins. "I’m thrilled that Toyota Center, home to our beloved Houston Rockets, will be a voting center during the Early Voting Period and on Election Day."

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