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Local Bus Service Offering Free Rides Election Day To Get More Voters To Polls

Tallahassee’s local bus service is offering free rides to voters to the polls on Election Day, all day Tuesday.

Starting at around 5:30 a.m., StarMetro will be offering free rides on all of its regular routes. So, the bus service director Ivan Maldanado says it’s not just for voters, it’s also for everyday riders.

“City of Tallahassee has approved for StarMetro to provide free fixed route transportation to everyone so that folks can go to the voting polls and vote,” said Maldanado. “This is going to be Tuesday, Nov. 4th. And, of course, the service will be open all day long for anyone who wants to ride, even if you’re not voting—for whatever reason you’re not able to vote—we still encourage you folks to use the system as well.”

And, he says the routes pretty much take you to every voting location.

“For example, the Dogwood route takes you to the Northeast Branch Library, the Forest and the Big Bend route take you to the Lake Jackson community center, the Moss route will take you to the Smith-Williams Service Center, and the Big Bend route takes folks to the Leon County courthouse,” he added.

Maldanado adds there are also a number of churches are serving as polling locations, and there are several bus routes for those areas as well.

Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 47,000 people have voted so far in Leon County. 

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.