Services help voters get to polling locations

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) –  Many of us might take for granted getting to the polls, we hop in our car or walk to the polling place, but some people don’t always have that option.

Bessie Elizabeth Thompson feels lucky to vote this year.

“I feel blessed that I voted,” Thompson said.

Blessed because she may not have gotten to her polling place without the help of a free service from CDTA. She has one amputated foot and has trouble seeing.

“We want to make sure all of our customers have the accessibility they need to get to the polls, opened up STAR service make it free for all customers,” Jamie Watson, of CDTA, said.

That STAR service was a lifeline for Bessie on Tuesday, which picked  her up from the Townsend Apartments in Albany and dropped her off at her polling place.

“I filled out my ballot with help because of my vision, I have cataracts so I don’t see too well.”

After casting her ballot, she was ready to get back on the bus and wait with the rest of America.

“Maybe we’ll have a woman president or maybe we’ll have a man, but the fact that we can vote that is the most beautiful thing.”

CDTA will provide free trips to Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer election poll sites for STAR customers on Election Day.


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