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MATA offering voters free rides to polls Friday

Several fixed bus routes across the city of Memphis will be available for people who need rides to the polls.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Free bus rides are being offered to voters Friday.

MATA will provide rides to the polls all day on fixed route buses as early voting winds down.  The routes can be found here.

The free rides are thanks to a partnership between MATA, Shelby County Election Commission (SCEC) and Shelby County Voter Alliance (SCVA).

“We are glad to partner with the Shelby County Election and Shelby County Voter Alliance again to provide our citizens with transportation to fulfill their civic duties,” Gary Rosenfeld, MATA CEO. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of the service free of charge to vote early.”

Races in the August 4 State and Federal Primary and State and County General elections have gained attention and are on close watch, one being the faceoff between District Attorney candidates Amy Weirich and Steven Mulroy.   

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“We want to do everything we can to make sure that voters are aware they will have access to free rides to the polls,” said Ian Randolph, spokesman for SCVA. “Transportation to the polls has been something our organization has always focused on and this partnership extends our reach across the county.”

Voters can view the candidate list to get familiar with the candidates and to be more informed.

Voters can also check their voter status and designated voting site online.

Early voting started on July 15, and it will continue until July 30. Election day is Thursday, August 4.

RELATED: Early Voting has begun in Tennessee for August elections


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