Persons with disabilities will now have new ways to get out and vote in the Nov. 8, 2016 national elections.

Because transportation to polling sites is a significant barrier to participation, Iowans with Disabilities in Action (ID Action) has offered a grant that will help provide voters with disabilities an Election Day pass for a ride to the polls on a SEATS bus. Riders must be pre-qualified, and passes may be obtained at local nonprofit service agencies.  Iowa City and Coralville municipal buses will also offer free rides all day on Nov. 8 to people with disabilities. 

In addition, the program will provide trained volunteers to assist voters with disabilities at voting sites around Iowa City and Coralville.

Volunteers, as well as coordinators who can recruit and oversee groups of volunteers, are now being sought. Participants will be required to attend a short training session in mid-October in Iowa City and Coralville. Contact Harry Olmstead at to sign up as a volunteer or volunteer coordinator.

In addition to ID Action, the program is being offered in partnership with the following organizations:  the City of Iowa City, the City of Coralville, SEATS, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Johnson County, the ARC of Southeast Iowa, and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.

For more information, contact Brianna Wills at 319-383-1025 or email

Date of publication

Thursday, August 25, 2016