The D.C. Board of Elections plans to open five voting supercenters across the city to mitigate long lines and promote social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But none of the locations — at Capital One Arena, Nationals Park, the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Dock 5 at Union Market and the University of the District of Columbia — are in Wards 7 and 8, neighborhoods where elections officials say residents have generally expressed concerns about mail delays and are more likely to want to cast ballots in person.
Following a report in The Post about the disparity — and criticism from voters, including Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, who plays at the Entertainment and Sports Arena — O’Dell said Wednesday that he would make the venue available as a voting center if needed.
“@TheEventsDC what’s up?” Cloud wrote in a string of tweets advocating the use of the arena for voting. “When we moved into [Southeast] we promised this community we would be apart of a solution….