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How The Gimenez Administration Halted Plans For Early Voting At The Miami Heat’s Arena

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A draft version of early voting sites circulated by Miami-Dade’s Elections Department on Aug. 28, 2020 included the AmericanAirlines Arena. The administration of Mayor Carlos Gimenez ended up rejecting the Miami Heat’s offer to use the facility for early voting. Instead, the county used the nearby Frost Science museum.

The Miami Heat’s push to bring voting to AmericanAirlines Arena was going so well with the county’s Elections Department that it was on a draft list of polling places and in the computer system as downtown Miami’s designated early-voting site.

The next day, the county’s elections supervisor received a text from her boss, Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

On Aug. 29, Gimenez, Republican candidate for Congress, texted county election supervisor Christina White a Reuters story with the headline, “NBA to resume games after player protest, turn stadiums into voting sites.” Gimenez wrote White that they need to “talk about this.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.