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Here’s how you can catch a ride to the polls for free (if you’re 60 years or older)

If you are 60 years or older and are in need of a ride to and from the polls Tuesday, pay close attention.

Local cab companies are working with both the Peninsula Agency on Aging and the Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia to help provide transportation to and from the polls for free.

To be eligible for this service you must be 60 years or older.

In order to set up a ride you have to call one of the following numbers depending on where you live in Hampton Roads:

  • For those needing rides to the polls in Newport News or Hampton, call 757-873-0541.
  • For those needing rides to the polls in Norfolk or Virginia Beach, call 757-963-9218.

Both groups are taking ride reservations until noon on Monday, Nov. 5.

When you call they are going to ask you to provide some information for your reservation.

You will need to give them:

  • Your name
  • Your pick up address
  • Your phone number (for the cab company to contact you on)
  • Your preferred time for pick up
  • Your voting location

Both the Peninsula Agency on Aging and the Senior Services of Southeast Virginia said they cannot guarantee a pick-up time but this does give the cab drivers a good idea of what their schedule will be like that day.

Once you’ve made your reservation and election day has arrived, you will be driven to your voting location, the cab driver will wait for you to finish voting and then they will drive you home.

You will be asked to sign a voucher for the cab ride but the ride will be of no cost to you, the cab companies are picking up the tab according to the senior groups.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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