It’s official: Prudential Center will be ‘super polling site’ for presidential election

Posted Sep 10, 2020

NBA Executive Director Michele Roberts and New Jersey Devils President Jake Reynolds will announce on Monday that the Prudential Center in Newark will be a polling site in the Nov. 3 election.

New Jersey will have a mostly vote-by-mail election in November due to coronavirus restrictions, but voters can still cast provisional ballots in-person at select polling locations. Residents will be able to register to vote, apply for mail-in ballots, cast ballots ahead of the election and vote in-person on Nov. 3 at the Prudential Center, the city announced Thursday.

The location will also help residents fill out 2020 Census forms.

Mayor Ras Baraka and Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin are expected to join Roberts and Reynolds in a virtual press conference Monday to unveil more details. It is still unclear when the polling station would open for voting services or whether the polling site will be available to parts or all of Newark.

The city’s announcement dubbed Prudential Center a “super polling site” for the election. Prudential Center, located in downtown Newark, can seat up to 19,500 people.

New Jersey Devils games were suspended due to the coronavirus restrictions put in place. Concerts have also been rescheduled.

NJ Advance Media previously reported that the National Vote at Home Institute’s Election Super Center Project had groups of teams from the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL working to turn stadiums into voting and registration sites.

All of New Jersey’s registered voters are set to automatically receive a mail-in ballot. President Donald Trump has opposed vote-by-mail, while the United States Postal Service has said it can’t guarantee that all ballots will be delivered in time for the election.

The deadline to register to vote in November is Oct. 13. New Jersey voters can also register to vote and track their mail-in ballots on a new state website.

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