At the Intersection of Civic Duty and Public Transportation

Nov 6, 2018

Turnout across Virginia is reported to be heavier than an average mid-term election. In Richmond and other cities, to help get people to the polls bus rides are free.

On the main bus line through downtown Richmond, Sharell Williams reminds each passenger to do their civic duty. “And you gotta go vote,” she tells them. “It’s been very busy this morning. Very much so. I see a lot of voting stickers.”

Like the one on Matthew Anderson, who cast his ballot first thing this morning. “You know the country can really go in two different directions coming up. And you’ve got to get out and at least get one point on the side that you feel is going to take the best direction,” Anderson explains.

Others would like to vote, but aren’t sure they’ll be able. Iris Jones is 65 and says it will be dark by the time she’s home from work. She doesn’t have a car and she’s not comfortable walking to her polling place. “I’m going to try. I’m going to do my best. You never never say never. You never know what’ll happen today so.”

Archie Jones voted for the first time ever Tuesday.
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Archie Jones is 59. He voted for the first time Tuesday. He had his rights restored three months ago. "How’s it feel," I ask him.

"It’s a wonderful feeling. One of the greatest feelings I ever felt in my life,” he responds.

Jones says Election Day  is a marvelous day.