The First Barrier To Voting At The Polls For Some? Getting There.

The First Barrier To Voting At The Polls For Some? Getting There.

“You can make a plan, you can register, but not having access to a car to be able to get to the polls is huge, and to be honest, it’s another form of voter suppression.”

With more than 20,000 Election Day polling places being shuttered nationwide, rampant online misinformationmail delays, and of course, the coronavirus pandemic still raging, voting in the 2020 election is already hard enough.

But for many Americans, one of the biggest barriers to voting is a simple one: not having a ride to the polls.

Access to transportation is not typically one of the first things people think of when it comes to forms of voter suppression, but advocates say it’s one of the top obstacles people face when trying to cast their vote. In a Harvard study from 2016, 14% of nonvoters said transportation was a “major factor” in why they did not vote in that election.

“You can make a plan, you can register, but not having access to a car to be able to get to the polls is huge, and to be honest, it’s another form of voter suppression,” Crystal Carson, a spokesperson for the voting advocacy group When We All Vote, told BuzzFeed News.