Oriole Park to Serve as Voting Center for 2020 Election
BALTIMORE– The Orioles announced Thursday that the Baltimore City Board of Elections and the Maryland Stadium Authority have reached an agreement in order to provide Baltimore City residents access to a safe and secure designated voting center at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the upcoming Presidential General Election. In support of the club’s Voter Up campaign, the ballpark will be open to registered voters from Baltimore City as an early voting center from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. ET between Monday, October 26 and Monday, November 2 (including Saturday and Sunday), as well as on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant will serve as the polling location for the voting center. Free parking for voters will be available each day in the East Warehouse Lot, as well as in Lot A. At the direction of the Baltimore City Board of Elections, voters must remain six feet apart and wear a mask to make in-person voting safe. To maintain proper distancing, the number of voters permitted inside a voting center at one time may be limited. This may result in lines and wait times. The Maryland State Board of Elections advises the best time to vote in person is on weekends during early voting and between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Election Day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voters are encouraged to cast their ballots by mail when possible.
Additionally, there are two active ballot drop box locations on the east side of the B&O Warehouse, located outside of the 333 West Camden Street lobby and by the Breezeway area just outside of Gate A under the south end of the Warehouse. Voters may drop off their completed ballot at either of these drop box locations through Election Day on Tuesday, November 3. Completed ballots must be dropped off by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
The Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority will also light up the iconic B&O Warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in red, white, and blue for Election Day as Baltimore City residents come to cast their votes and participate in the election process. The following week on Wednesday, November 11, the Warehouse will once again be illuminated in the colors of the American flag in honor of Veterans Day.
Establishing a voting center at Oriole Park is one element of the club’s ongoing Voter Up campaign, which launched in August in conjunction with the Empowerment Series as part of the Orioles’ celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The campaign aims to educate and encourage fans to register to vote and participate in the upcoming election on November 3. As the Orioles continue to celebrate the 19th Amendment and recognize the history of voting in the United States, the club will share voter registration information, key deadlines, and additional resources with fans leading up to Election Day. The Orioles have also declared Election Day as a paid day off for all full-time staff. On November 3, employees are encouraged to vote and to volunteer to serve as poll workers or in a variety of other volunteer roles to help ensure safe, fair voting access throughout Birdland.