CATA offers free rides to voters on Election Day

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CATA will offer free rides to anyone showing a voter registration card on Nov. 8.

Laura Bohannon

CATA will offer free rides to anyone showing a voter registration card on Nov. 8.

Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, will offer free rides on Election Day, Nov. 8. A bus pass will not be required.

CATA Director of Marketing Laurie Robison wrote in an email that “a valid voter registration card is all that’s required for a free ride aboard CATA on Election Day.”

By providing free rides, CATA will enable voters who do not have another way to get to polling locations to get to their precinct and cast their vote.

“CATA is committed to helping residents within its service region exercise their right to vote,” Robison said.

East Lansing resident Dora LaClear, 63, said she will take a CATA bus to her polling location to cast her vote this Election Day.

She said she thinks it’s a good thing that CATA is offering free rides on Election Day.

“It will help people get to the polling places to vote … they don’t have an excuse not to go,” LaClear said.

Lansing resident Tom Scott, 39, said, “a lot of people don’t have cars and don’t have transportation, so it’s a good way for them to get (to their polling location).”

Lansing resident Ernest Coleman, 85, rides the CATA bus, but lives close enough to his polling location to walk there.

Coleman has used the CATA bus to get to his old polling location in previous elections, he said.

“I think it’s a good thing, because there’s a lot of people who probably wouldn’t go because they couldn’t afford the $1.25,” Coleman said.

Robison’s advice to anyone wanting to ride CATA on Election day is, “don’t forget to show a valid voter registration card, and please do get out and vote.”

Voters have to be in line by 8 p.m. on Election Day to cast their vote.

For information on free rides with CATA, visit CATA’s website.

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