LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- If you don't make it to the polls for early voting, you can get a free ride to cast a ballot on election day.
The ATU, which is the union representing transit employees, and the League of Women's Voters, is sponsoring the free fare day on MTU transit, on November 6.
The group will pay about $900 to the city so anyone can ride the bus for free to the polls.
It's a non-partisan initiative; there will not be talk of candidates or signs on the busses. The idea is to boost voter turnout.
"We felt that there are a lot of customers who may have to make the decision between going to the grocery store and going to vote," said Dale Anderson, president of the ATU Local 519. "And another factor was it just makes it easier for people to go vote. They don't have to find a parking space. And we're also going to provide on the buses, the polling places and what routes you take to get to those places and where to get off."
The first Monday of every month is free fare day, but this is the first for an election day. The La Crosse Municipal Transit Utility Board approved the free fare day at a meeting Monday afternoon.
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