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Voter rideshare event underway in ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A get-to-the-polls rideshare event is underway in Albuquerque.

Anyone 50-years-old or older without transportation can reserve a seat on a shuttle to take them to their nearest polling location on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Those who aren’t registered to vote and would like to do so would be transported to a same-day voter registration center at the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Annex at 1500 Lomas NW.

Rides are on a reservation basis and those who wish to request a ride are asked to call the city’s Department of Senior Affairs Transportation Team at 505-764-6464.

Shuttles will be limited to four riders per shuttle to adhere to COVID-19 safety measures and social distancing.

“Everyone who wants to vote should be able to take that opportunity,” said Anna Sanchez, director of Senior Affairs.

The New Mexico Black Voters Collaborative, a nonpartisan coalition of Black-led organizations, worked with the city to make the rideshare happen. In a news release, the group said its goal is to help transport at least 100 voters from Black communities in Albuquerque’s International District as part of a get-out-the-vote campaign.

In the 2016 general election, Black voter participation decreased 7% compared with Black voter participation during the 2012 election, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

“That’s a big reason we created this because we want to increase the voter turnout rate in our Black community,” said Megan Bott, a spokesperson for the New Mexico Black Leadership Council.

Rodney Bowe, chairman of the NMBVC, said this event is the first of two.

“We want to make sure everyone gets their vote in and has an opportunity to vote safely,” Bowe said.