The League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia (LWVCGA) is raising money to transport people to early voting locations, absentee drop boxes and to the polls on Election Day, the League announced Tuesday.
Building on the organization’s fundraiser to buy eight new absentee ballot drop boxes for Chatham County, the League said they will be using trolleys to help transport people.
The trolleys will run four hours a day for the three weeks of early voting, all day on the two weekends of early voting (October 17 and 18, and October 24 and 25), as well as all day on Election Day.
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“Lack of transportation is one of the most frequently cited reasons for being unable to vote,” said Rebecca Rolfes, president of LWVCGA. “Long lines are also an issue that either prevent people from going to the polls or turn them away when the wait time is too long. In 2016, Black and Latino voters were much more likely than white voters to experience long waits, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center.”
LWVCGA said it is partnering with The Savannah Tribune and a coalition of Black pastors including the Evangelical Ministerial Union to make the trolley service happen.
“We, at The Savannah Tribune, are excited to partner with the League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia in this effort,” said Shirley B. James, publisher. “This collaboration helps continue the legacy established by our founders which has been to emphasize the importance of civic engagement among African Americans in our community to promote equality of access. In order to ensure that Your Vote, My Vote, and Every Voter’s Vote Will Count in Chatham County, the Take a Trolley to Vote initiative provides a much needed, flexible and safe option for many voters, who otherwise may not have had a means of transportation, to cast a vote in this very critical and important election.”
The League said they are working with city leaders and neighborhood associations to determine the routes and trolley stops.
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