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Riders caravan through Southwest Georgia to encourage voting

Motorcycle riders and other vehicles began their caravan in Albany and rode throughout...
Motorcycle riders and other vehicles began their caravan in Albany and rode throughout Southwest Georgia to encourage voting.(WALB)
Published: Oct. 31, 2020 at 8:41 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - About 100 people joined a caravan, all to emphasize the importance of visiting the polls on Tuesday.

Riders revved up their engines across Albany Saturday morning.

Traveling through Dougherty, Worth, Mitchell, and Lee Counties encouraging people to vote.

The event was a collaborative effort between several groups, including the John Lewis “Get Out To Vote” campaign.

One of the members, James Williams, says despite high early voting numbers, many still need to have their voices heard on Tuesday.

“We are asking and encouraging and going through the neighborhoods. Those who have not voted we want you to make sure that you vote on Tuesday.”

Vans from The New Georgia Project also participated.

These are the same vans that you may have met on the road during early voting.

On Election Day, they’ll continue to provide free rides for voters lacking transportation.

Kenneth Florence says they’ll go to any lengths necessary to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.

Kenneth Florence of the New Georgia Project helps provide free rides to the polls for voters...
Kenneth Florence of the New Georgia Project helps provide free rides to the polls for voters lacking transportation.(WALB)

“Tuesday, we got a call to go to Thomasville to pick up one person in Thomasville to take to the polls. It’s just that important. All the way to Thomasville to pick up one person to take to the polls we’ll do that.”

Gilbert Udoto of Albany Cares Group says the support from the community on today’s ride lifted his spirits

“It’s a great feeling to understand that people care about, you know, their future.”

If you or someone you know would like to request a free ride to the polls on Tuesday, call 1 (800) 874-1541.

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