Photo courtesy of Wiltern/Live Nation.
Live Nation may not be able to throw shows in quarantine, but the world’s largest concert promoter is using their spaces in the service of American democracy. With the 2020 Presidential election looming in November, this particular election has been called the “most important election in our lifetime.” Of course, this is what they say about every major four-year election. One candidate on the docket, however, put it rather succinctly: “This isn’t just about Democrat vs. Republican, it’s about democracy vs. authoritariansim.” The Atlantic even referred to the upcoming general as “the election that could break America.”
That’s why Live Nation is turning some of its larger music venues into polling places for the 2020 election. Thus far, four major venues have been confirmed to make the switch on November 3: Los Angeles’ The Wiltern and Hollywood Palladium, Austin’s Emo’s, and Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre.
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. 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.”Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation
To make their locations viable voting poll locations, Live Nation is partnering with More Than a Vote, voter registration organization HeadCount, non-partisan business coalition Civic Alliance, and the poll workers recruitment initiative Power the Polls.
H/T: Consequence of Sound.