SJ 'March on the Polls' event targets disenfranchised voters, offers all-day bus service
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - An event in San Jose Saturday is targeting disenfranchised voters. Community leaders have organized a march and also all-day bus service in the hopes of getting people to the polls for early voting.
Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, Exec Dir of Somos Mayfair says, "We want to make sure we take away all the other barriers whether they're economic, transportation or even just lack of clarity or understanding."
They're calling the event the March on the Polls. The rally and march itself will take place at 11am.
But the bus will make the rounds all day, going to the Mexican Heritage Plaza, La Tropicana Plaza, and to the African American Community Service Agency.
It will then drop people at the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.
The hope is to make it as easy as possible for minorities, students, and the homeless to cast their ballots.
Shaun Cartwright, with March on the Polls says, "It benefits multiple groups that we feel have not been traditionally showing up at the polls or may be disenfranchised."
Community organizers say they're expecting a big turnout Saturday. They've got extra SUVs on standby in case the buses fill up.