Voter turnout in Detroit hasn’t been great.

For what is maybe the most important part of our democracy there sure are a lot of issues in the way of getting to the polls. From not having time off work, insufficient childcare options, lack of access to voter information resources or not having transportation to the polls there are too many barriers for folks in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck when it comes to being represented. No vote means no voice, which is bad.

But we can make it much better.

We’re working the solve the transportation issue for those who want to vote. This election day we’re going to run routes using our whole bus fleet and volunteers with their own cars to get Detroiters to their local polling place. It’s pretty ambitious, but big problems usually need big answers.

We’re going to target the districts with the lowest voter turnout in an effort to make sure that all Detroiters are being properly represented.

Here’s how we’ll do it:

1. Assemble volunteers. (RIGHT NOW!)

2. Map routes. (Due Oct. 23rd)

3. Distribute flyers. (Oct 27th through Nov 4th)

4. Get people to the polls! (November 6th!)

WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW:

We’re assembling the ultimate dream team of volunteers both local and abroad. If you can’t attend on the big day, don’t sweat it! We have plenty of use for you to make this happen! We’re looking for people to pass out flyers, make phone calls, visit community centers, host people aboard our buses and drive people to polls in their own cars. We’ll organize everyone into groups and connect the riders.

Sign up for volunteering via our handy webform:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What if I’m a Detroiter that needs a ride? How do I get a ride?

A: Great! We’ll have a call-in number that you can call or text to request a ride, and a webform right here on the site. We’ll have the service area maps up soon.

Q. How do you decide what areas to service?

A. We’re targeting the areas with the lowest voter turnout in prior elections. It’s not a perfect system (we wish we could give everyone a ride!) but it’s another step towards a viable democracy and making sure everyone has a voice. If you have a suggestion for an underserved area you can email us at help@thedetroitbus.com

Q. Why are you doing this?

A. We started our company back in 2011 with the mission of improving transit options for Detroiters. We’re still on that mission and doing all we can to make it happen. Voting is critical when it comes to making sure we’re properly represented in our city, county, state and federal governments.

Q. Who is paying for this?

A. Right now it’s just us! We’re paying for all of the fuel, drivers, promotional items, flyers and bus wear & tear. If you’d like to pitch in, you can email us at help@thedetroitbus.com.