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Atlanta Hawks to turn arena into a giant voting center

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Atlanta Hawks want to make voting safer and easier in their home city.

(CNN)The Atlanta Hawks want to make voting safer and easier in their home city.

On Monday, the team announced that their stadium, State Farm Arena, would become Georgia's largest-ever voting center.

This decision follows a chaotic June 9 primary that saw long lines, voting machine issues, and accusations of voter suppression in the state.

Hawks Coach Lloyd Pierce, a Black man who has been outspoken on social justice and is chair of the NBA's racial justice committee, spoke about the importance of voting following the death of George Floyd: "I was born a Black man, and I know one day I'll die a Black man, just as a lot of players and coaches are on this stage.

"State Farm Arena is an ideal solution to help us serve thousands of voters while maintaining social distancing requirements," said Mary Carole Cooney, chairperson of the Fulton County Board of Registration & Elections.

We look forward to welcoming Fulton County voters to State Farm Arena. "

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