Don’t let lack of transportation stop you from voting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — At 80-years-old, James Steaks has a difficult time getting around.

“I’m handicap. I can’t hardly walk,” said Steaks.

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But he’s not letting that or his lack of transportation stop him from voting.

“It is important for everyone old enough to vote. To get out there and do what they’re supposed to do,” said Steaks.

There’s good news for Steaks. Several organizations across Shelby County, including the local NAACP chapter, is offering free rides.

“We have teamed up with Blue City Tours and we will begin by offering rides to people in the Memphis Housing Authority,” said Ian Randolph, NAACP Memphis.

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The NAACP is also offering individual rides to the polls where safety will be a top priority.

“We want to assure you we are sanitizing vehicles after each roundtrip ride and people volunteering will be wearing masks,” said Randolph.

He added that they want to remove any barriers stopping people from voting.

“Voting is about power and a lot of times people think they don’t have power, but everyone has power during election season. So, don’t let that power go to waste,” said Randolph.

The NAACP will begin offering rides from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

They also need volunteers to take people. If you are interested, call 901-521-1343.