VOTE: Be Part of the Process
City Offers Options to Help People Get to the Polls
October 31, 2012
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting,” Franklin D. Roosevelt said.
This election season, the City of Tallahassee wants to help citizens get to the polls. To that end, the City is proud to announce fare free service on all StarMetro’s fixed routes, both day and night, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
At Wednesday’s City Commission meeting, the Mayor and City Commissioners unanimously supported promoting StarMetro as a way to help citizens access polling sites.
“Voting is our civic duty,” said Commissioner Andrew Gillum, who recommended that StarMetro be fare free on Election Day. “It’s how we participate in the democratic process, how we choose our leaders and how many laws are adopted. My fellow Commissioners and I support StarMetro in offering this fare free service opportunity. We hope it will help make voting accessible to all who want to vote.”
In addition to fare free service on Election Day, two of StarMetro’s regular, fixed routes provide service to these early voting sites: the Northeast Library, located at 5513 Thomasville Road, and the Leon County Courthouse Rotunda, located at 301 South Monroe Street. The Dogwood route provides service to the Northeast Library, and the Big Bend route provides service to the Leon County Courthouse Rotunda. Customers on other routes that have a stop at C.K. Steele Plaza may wish to add in a little time to their schedule and take the quick walk from the plaza to the courthouse to vote early.
“Easy access to voting locations simplifies the process," said Commissioner Nancy Miller, who recommended promoting early voting via StarMetro service. “The City provides transportation to and from several voting sites located within the city limits and encourages voters to consider taking advantage of this service.”
Early voting for the general election begins tomorrow at 7 a.m. and continues until Saturday, November 3.
More information on voting in Leon County can be found at www.LeonVotes.org.
For more information about StarMetro services, please call StarMetro’s main office at 891-5200 or visit Talgov.com/StarMetro. Other ways to view information include liking StarMetro’s official Facebook page at Facebook.com/StarMetroTransit or following them on Twitter at Twitter.com/RideStarMetro.
Michelle Bono, Assistant to the City Manager, 891-8200; or Brian Waterman, StarMetro, 891-5564