By Staff –
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren have announced “Democracy Rides,” a volunteer effort to provide free rides to the polls for people with disabilities on election day, will be offered again for the sixth consecutive year.
The program has been sponsored by the Monroe County-City of Rochester Council for People with Disabilities (CPWD).
“No one should be denied the right to vote simply because they are unable to get to the polls,” Mayor Warren stated. “It’s important that every single person who is eligible to vote, and wants to do so, has a chance to cast their ballot and have their voice heard. I want to extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to the service providers who are offering free transportation this election day. Your generosity is giving our neighbors with disabilities important access to exercise their constitutional right.”
In addition, “The right to vote is a foundational and Constitutionally-guaranteed principle of our great republic,” Dinolfo stated. “As Americans, we all share a responsibility to always protect and maintain equal access to the polls for each of our fellow citizens. I am grateful to our partners at Medicab and Medical Motor Service for again giving of their time and resources to help more of our neighbors get to the polls on election day. I encourage Monroe County citizens of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to get out and exercise their own right to vote on Nov. 7.”
Medicab and Medical Motor Service have each agreed to donate 10 rides to help people with accessibility issues get to the polls on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Residents who need a ride should call the company of their choice by Friday, Nov. 3, no later than 4 p.m. to schedule their pick-ups.
Due to the necessary medical appointments of their regular customers, the companies are asking riders to be flexible in their timing requests.
Riders should also give the location of their polling places when they set up the rides.
Contact Medicab Transportation, at 585-342-7150, or Medical Motor Service, at 654-7030, to schedule the service, and visit www.monroecounty.gov for additional information regarding polling locations.