Friday, November 2, 2018

Common Cause in Wisconsin's Updated Statewide List of Free Rides to Vote in the 2018 Fall Election

Friday - November 2, 2018

Go here to access our updated 2018 statewide list of free roundtrip rides to vote!

CC/WI Launches Election Day "Rides to the Polls Hotline"
for Milwaukee voters: 414-323-1511

If we want our democracy to work, we have to show up. But for those without transportation to the polls, "showing up" can be tough, if not impossible.

25 organizations and 177 CC/WI volunteers (and counting) are determined to help.

This fall we are reached out to and identified transit, cab, and private companies, advocacy organizations, faith-based groups... anyone offering free roundtrip rides to the polls during early voting, on Election Day, or both – creating a "master list" of free ride options across Wisconsin.

To shore up some of the gaps in coverage, we also recruited our own volunteer drivers, providing them with additional training and resources on voter ID and voter registration to ensure their riders are prepared to vote when they get to their polling place.

And this week, we set up our Milwaukee rides hotline to provide additional assistance in an area where we anticipate a higher volume of ride requests.

We also need to raise awareness that help is available for those without transportation.

Creating this important resource doesn't mean "if we build it they will come."

One of the biggest challenges groups offering rides face – and one of the main reasons we began this initiative in the first place – is that many of those in need of a ride, don't realize that help is available in their area. While groups offering rides devote a lot of time and resources into creating and running their programs, advertising and outreach are a challenge.

So we need to get the word out.

We've been promoting our "master list" of ride options to the media, organizations working with individuals likely to need a ride, and to many other advocacy groups.

And some of our volunteers are not just offering rides, but are doing yeoman's work raising awareness within their own communities.

For example: a CC/WI volunteer in Jefferson County has formed a team of drivers, reached out to local groups, and has created and distributed flyers in his area. A Milwaukee volunteer has been reaching out (in person, by phone, and on social media) to local groups working with vulnerable populations.

With only four days left until Election Day, we need to continue and expand these efforts.

Want to do more?

Share this information widely – on social media, via email, and by reaching out to groups and facilities in your area serving individuals likely to need a ride.

You can also join our team of volunteer drivers. We are still accepting volunteers and will continue updating our rides list until Election Day. So let us know if you'd like to be a Common Cause in Wisconsin driver in your area.

We're all in this together.

Let's do what we can to make sure the voices of all eligible Wisconsin voters are heard at the ballot box this election.


Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703

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