Amway Center in Orlando to be used as early-voting site for the first time

Video: Amway Center in Orlando to be used as early-voting site for the first time

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Amway Center in downtown Orlando is going to be one of the 20 early-voting sites in Orange County.

Starting Monday, and running for 14 straight days for 12 hours each day, people will be able to walk into the Atrium just off Church Street and cast their ballot.

Location leaders plan to initially have 50 booths set up for people to come in and vote before the election.

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The voting location will not be on the main floor of the arena because the WWE is still using the facility.

Inside the Amway Center Atrium, crews were setting up booths and hanging signs reminding people to stay 6-feet apart.

All of this was sparked last month by the NBA and its player association after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

The idea was for the league to get involved in promoting greater civic engagement, including voting. The Amway Center is home to the Orlando Magic of the NBA.

This is the first time the Amway Center has been used as an early-voting site.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer believes the central location in downtown Orlando will be great for getting people in downtown and the nearby Parramore community to vote.

“I anticipate that maybe some of the senior centers, instead of busing down their vans down to the supervisor’s office, will simply bring their residents over here,” Dyer said. “And then you have the opportunity for people that don’t have a car to simply walk to this location from anywhere pretty much in downtown or Parramore.”

Though they plan to have 50 booths set up, they also have an additional 30 booths they could bring in if they end up seeing a lot of demand.

- Early voting starts Monday at 20 locations across Orange County.

- Locations will be opened from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for two weeks.

- More details can be found by visiting the Orange County Supervisor of Election’s website.