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Voting Underway: State Farm Arena Transforms Into A Fulton County Polling Site

Voting machines are lined up on the floor of State Farm Arena, home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. The 16,888-seat facility is being used as a poll location.
Voting machines are lined up on the floor of State Farm Arena, home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. The 16,888-seat facility is being used as a poll location.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Pres

It’s runoff election time here in Georgia.

Sate Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, has been transformed into a Fulton County polling site.

Amy Phuong, vice president of government relations for the Atlanta Hawks, says early voting at the arena is giving employees an opportunity to give back to the community.

And, she says, first-time voters will have a memorable experience casting their ballots.

Phuong spoke recently to WABE’s host of “All Things Considered,” Lisa Rayam.

Phuong added, “What better way for young folks who’ve never voted before to cast their very first vote for an election and to experience that at State Farm Arena? And then to pass that for generations and then continue to vote throughout their lifetime?”

Rayam continued the conversation by asking Phuong how early voting been coming along this first week at State Farm Arena?

“So far so good,” Phuong said. “We have worked very hard the last several weeks with our partners, Fulton County, to make sure we have as many machines as possible.”

Early voting ends Aug. 7.

And while many will vote early or in person on Election Day, some voters have opted to use absentee ballots.