Trolley to the Polls: Great Raleigh Trolley, NAACP team up to wheel voters to the polls
Posted October 14, 2020 11:04 p.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2020 1:53 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — As early voting kicks off Thursday, the Raleigh-Apex NAACP and Great Raleigh Trolley are teaming up to help wheel voters to the polls.
“The Great Raleigh Trolley Company has not been able to operate fully because of the closure of bars due to COVID-19, so this gives them a chance to operate more fully and gives us a chance to help people vote," said Chuck Tryon, chairman of the Press and Publicity Committee of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP.
With the use of trolleys, Tryon said they believe it will provide a safe ride for those without transportation.
“The drivers themselves and everyone who rides will be required to wear a mask," Tryon said.
Every voter will have a designated seat. The trolleys will be cleaned frequently throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be available. There will be several pickup locations throughout early voting.
Voters who spoke with WRAL News said they all agree that anything that makes voting easier is a good thing.
“We live busy lives, we have jobs we have families, kids for some people," said Billy Ward. "So making sure that there is a representation in the community that reminds people to get out and vote, I think it’s a great thing.”
Other ways to safely cast your vote include curbside voting. If you have a medical condition that puts you at an increased risk of COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms and can’t go inside, that option is available to voters at one-stop early voting sites and on Election Day.
Lastly, if you can’t make it to the polls, voting a mail-in absentee ballot from home is another safe option.