Birmingham bus station serves as voter registration drive

Published: Oct. 15, 2016 at 3:21 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham Transit Citizens Advisory Board said more than 50 people registered to vote at Central Station Friday.

Most of those people depend on the bus to get around.

Instead of waiting for bus users to try to find a way to register to vote, board members and volunteers brought the voter registration site to them.

According to the Transit Citizens Advisory Board, many bus riders in Birmingham don't vote. Usually, scheduling conflicts or lack of voting information is the cause.

Volunteers rallied at Central Station to make it convenient for transit users to sign up to vote. Registering transit users isn't the only way the board plans to get them to the polls.

They are going a step further.

"They really need support. We want to give transit riders a voice in our politics," said Ted Gemberling, Transit Citizens Advisory Board secretary

Gemberling said they've signed up people who might need a car ride to go vote on Election Day.

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