Free rides offered the polls offered to disabled voters |

Free rides offered the polls offered to disabled voters

FREED and Gold Country Telecare are joining forces to make it easier for residents with disabilities to vote in the Nov. 7 election.

The FREED Center for Independent Living and Telecare, a private non-profit organization, often serve the same customers. However, this is the first time the two groups have partnered. They will be providing rides to free of charge to qualified residents.

For more information or to schedule a trip (which must be done at least one day in advance), call FREED at 272-1732 or Telecare at 272-1710.

People with disabilities vote at a low rate, according to FREED. A survey conducted by the National Organization on Disability found that nearly one in ten disabled voters said they could not get the transportation they needed to vote.

“We want to ensure that a lack of transportation is not a barrier to voting for people with disabilities in Nevada County,” said Telecare Director Susan Healy-Harman.


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