Voter turnout in the Detroit area 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.
This year COVID-19 presents an even larger challenge to getting to the polls to cast your vote.
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 with an army of volunteers with their own cars to get everyone in the Detroit Metro Area to their local polling place. It’s pretty ambitious, but big problems usually need big answers.
We’re serving the entire Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland county areas this year.
We’re working to make these rides as safe as possible with mandatory masks, sanitizer, and open windows. If you don’t have a mask we will supply one for you.
Let’s do this.
Here’s how we’ll do it:
1. Assemble volunteers. (Signups open!)
2. Open ride request signups to the public (October 15th!)
3. Distribute flyers. (October 15th through November 3rd!)
4. Get people to the polls! (November 3rd!)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What if I live in the Detroit Metro Area and I’m a voter that needs a ride? How do I get a ride?
A: We will have ride signups available shortly. You will be able to sign up online, via a phone call, or via text. We want to make it very easy.
Q. How do you decide what areas to service?
A. In 2018 we served only Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck. This year we’re serving the entire Detroit Metro Area to increase voter voice in our region.
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. There are lots of people who need to get to the polls all over the place! Why aren’t you serving my city?
A. We’d love to get as many people as possible to the polls! It’s a critical part of living in this country! Alas we are a small fleet and only have a few vehicles at our disposal. If this goes well we’d like to grow the program more in the future.
If you have a car and would like to help out in your own corner of the world consider going to a local community center or housing complex and offering to give rides. I bet you’ll have more success than you think!
Q. Who is paying for this?
A. Right now it’s just us! We’re paying for all of the expenses like flyers, ads, snacks, fuel cards for our volunteer drivers, etc. Our costs to run this program this year will be about $25,000. If you’d like to donate, click right here: