The Glynn County Democratic Party will be providing rides to voting locations on Election Day, Nov. 6.
The “Rides to the Polls” program will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day. Riders can be picked up as early as 6:45 a.m.
The rides are open to all.
“Anybody that needs a ride to the polls can call,” said Audrey Gibbons, chairwoman of the Glynn County Democratic Party. “We have drivers and, depending on their location, a driver will come and pick them up and drive them to the polls.”
The program is part of an initiative led by the state Democratic Party of Georgia, Gibbons said.
Volunteers have also been giving voters ride throughout early voting, which ends today.
“It’s part of our platform to make sure anyone who wants to vote has the opportunity to vote, and transportation is not an issue,” Gibbons said.
Gibbons estimated that volunteers have given rides to about 15 people a day during early voting.
Many who have used the program live in the outskirts of the county, she said.
“Some of them live in rural areas,” she said. “But it’s for anyone who doesn’t have a vehicle.”
Similar transportation programs are being offered in surrounding counties, including Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties. Many are being coordinated by churches in a “Souls to the Polls” campaign.
“What it is is a collaboration with all the different churches from all the different communities, including Glynn, where we’re using faith-based organizations to help provide ride assistance to voters,” said Cedric King, the Democratic candidate running against incumbent Republican Jeff Jones for the state District 167 seat.
Early voting numbers in Glynn County have increased significantly compared to past midterm elections. As of Wednesday, 12,962 votes had been cast.
In the 2014 midterms, 7,239 voters cast ballots.
Those in need of a ride to the polls can call 912-208-2357. Gibbons asked that they give drivers a 30-minute window to arrive.