Rockets announce Toyota Center will serve as voting location for election

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With Election Day around the corner, the Houston Rockets have announced that the Toyota Center will serve as a voting center for the 2020 presidential election.

The Houston Rockets have announced that the Toyota Center will serve as a voting location for all Harris County residents for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. This makes the location one of 122 voting locations in Harris County, giving voters plenty of options for what’s expected to be a very active election, as it pertains to voter turnout.

The Toyota Center has been already made available for early voting and has also provided an avenue for drive-thru voting as well, in addition to providing free parking. The early voting period began on Tuesday, October 13th and will run through Friday, October 30th.

This announcement should come as no surprise, as the Rockets did their part to raise awareness on the election, while also emphasizing the importance of voting when they were in Orlando, the site of the NBA’s bubble. Former Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni donned shirts with the following slogans during the resumption of the season:

  • “Vote”
  • “Let Me Vote”
  • “Vote by Mail”
  • “Register. Bring a friend. Vote”
  • “Vote, your life depends on it”
  • “Scan me, Register”
  • “Vote Like We’ve Never Voted Before”

Houston Rockets open Toyota Center as voting site for election

We’ve seen other Houston sports organizations also open up their stadiums and arenas for voting centers, such as Rice University, which has also opened up it’s football stadium for voters. The Houston Texans have also followed suit and opened up NRG Arena as a voting site in Harris County.

With a stadium capacity of over 18,000+, the Toyota Center provides ample space for social distancing, which is of the utmost importance, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has produced a 5.6 percent increase in positive cases in Houston over the past week.

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Kudos to the Rockets for emphasizing the importance of voting, while also making the Toyota Center available for eligible voters to cast their votes.