If lack of transportation is stopping you from voting, lots of folks want to help. Here’s a quick list of options for grabbing a free or cheap ride to the polls:
- Take the bus. RideKC buses are free on election day in KCMO, Independence, Johnson County, and WyCo.
- Call a car. Uber and Lyft offer free or discounted rides to the polls in the KC metro area. Check your app for details, though – depending on where you are, you may be on your own for getting home. (Lyft has also stepped in to get people to the polls in Dodge City, KS, where the only in-town polling place was shut down.)
- Call your political party. Nobody wants to get you to the polls more than the people who need your vote. Here’s a short list of contacts:
- Jackson County Constitution Party – 816-401-9404<
- Cass County Democratic Party – 816-620-4452
- Clay County Democratic Party – 816-455-8683, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jackson County Democratic Party – 816-833-5232
- Kansas City Green Party – 816-313-2318
- Missouri Libertarian Party – 844-886-8357
- Cass County Republican Party – email@example.com
- Clay County Republican Party – 816-600-0077
- Jackson County Republican Party – 816-875-9690
- Platte County Republican Central Committee – 816-505-1994
- Contact an advocacy group. Just like your party wants you to vote, people who are pushing ballot initiatives or particular social issues might also like to help you get to the polls. Advocacy groups I’ve seen recently offering rides to the polls include:
- Check with your church, your labor union, your bridge club, or other groups you might belong to.
Thanks for reading! I’ll keep updating this list as I become aware of more resources.