According to a recent editorial in the New York Times, 2016 “could be record year for transportation ballot proposals, because local politicians and voters have realized that Congress is not coming to rescue America’s aging bridges, roads and transit systems.”
Many of the transportation measures on ballots today will either strengthen or hinder local public transit for years — even decades.
We urge you to support measures in your area that will provide critical funding for public transportation initiatives. We’ve highlighted some key examples of transportation ballot measures facing voters across the country:
But, of course, the most important ballot measure is always the one on YOUR local ballot. And today is the day you can make the most difference for public transit in YOUR area.
Tips for Voting
Voting is a pretty straightforward process, but here are some tips to make your trip to the polls as smooth as possible.
- Complete Your Research Before Heading to the Polls — Take some time to read about issues and candidates online so you know how you’ll be casting your vote before you head to the polls.
- Find Your Polling Place and Hours — You can find out where to vote by visiting the website of your state or local election office. Some resources for finding polling locations include USA.gov and Get to the Polls. You can also just search on Google: “Where do I vote?”
- Plan Your Travel — Find the best route to your polling place, and consider riding public transit if it’s available.
- Leave Time for Lines — Many polling places are anticipating long lines this year. Allow plenty of time to travel and wait.
- Bring Your Photo ID (not required in all states) — If you have a photo ID (e.g., a driver’s license), bring it to the polls. Some states require photo ID, while some request it even though it isn’t required.
Let others know on social media that you’ve voted and urge them to vote as well. You can encourage your online networks to support public transit at the polls by sharing a Voices for Public Transit election graphic from our VPT Votes 2016 Election Toolkit.
Please return to the Voices for Public Transit blog soon to read our round-up of election results. Our fingers are crossed for public transit.