Milwaukee County Board supervisor wants to provide free bus service to voters Election Day

8 Sep 2022 9:15 AM | WIPTA Admin (Administrator)

A photo of an MCTS bus

Ahead of the November election, Milwaukee County is working on making polls more accessible.

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors' Transportation and Transit Committee is meeting Tuesday night to discuss a resolution to fund free bus rides to polling places on Nov. 8.

A news release from the board of supervisors says that, compared to other communities in Wisconsin, Milwaukee County has lagged behind in turnout of eligible and registered voters, as evidenced by the 2020 turnout of registered voters: Dane County: 89.3%; Milwaukee County: 83.67%; Ozaukee County: 92.55%; Washington County: 94.66%.

"Milwaukee County Transit Service has the capacity to get more than 40,000 riders to their official polls on Election Day," said MCTS Interim Managing Director Denise Wandke. "With 40-plus bus routes and thousands of bus stops, we can be sure that voting is accessible to everyone in every corner of the county on Election Day."

There would be no cost to voters.

MCTS and the bus drivers union, ATU 998, support the plan.

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