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Tri-county transits give voters free rides to early voting and polling sites for presidential primary election

Monday, February 12, 2024

Categories: General

LANSING, Mich. – To eliminate transportation barriers for voters, the region’s three transit agencies – CATA, EATRAN and Clinton Transit – will provide systemwide free rides to early voting locations Feb. 17-25 and to polling sites on Tuesday, Feb. 27, the day of the presidential primary election. There will be no in-person voting on Monday, Feb. 26. To ride free of charge, simply inform your driver that you are going to vote when you board. There is no ID requirement.

With the passing of Proposal 2 in November 2022, voters now have the constitutional right to cast their vote early for every statewide and federal election. For a list of early voting locations, ballot boxes and polling sites, visit https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us. Trips to ballot boxes located throughout the three counties also qualify for a free ride.

Trips on CATA’s Spec-Tran and Rural Service must be scheduled by 5 p.m. the day before riders plan to vote. Same-day rides are not available for these services. CATA also recommends that all Redi-Ride trips to vote be scheduled a day in advance. Demand-response rides can be arranged by calling 517-394-2282.

EATRAN riders must reserve trips to and from Eaton County early voting locations and polling centers by calling 517-543-4087 no later than 5 p.m. the day before they plan to vote.

Clinton Transit voters should call 989-224-8127 or use the Clinton Transit mobile app to schedule a ride at least a day in advance of travel to and from the county’s early voting locations and polling centers. Scheduling hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Visit www.cata.org/vote, www.eatran.com or www.mybluebus.com for additional information regarding free rides.

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