Independence Express, the transportation branch of Western New York Independent Living, Inc. will provide free van rides to people with disabilities living in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties who need a ride to vote on Election Day (Tuesday, November 3rd) or earlier if you would prefer to cast your vote prior to Election Day. In addition, Independence Express will also deliver ballots for anyone, with or without disabilities, to their respective Boards of Elections in our 5-county service area.
Independence Express has wheelchair-accessible vehicles for those with mobility challenges, if needed. While we can’t help anyone up or down stairs, we can take people to their voting place and then back home or to work, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
If you are a person with a disability and would like the free service offered by Independence Express, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Election Day” in the subject, and providing this information:
- Rider’s name
- Phone number
- If rider uses a wheelchair or if rider is ambulatory
- Name and address of the polling place, (i.e., North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Rd., Buffalo, NY 14216)
- If anyone is going with the rider, such as a Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
- The rider's first choice of the time to go to the polls.
Please give at least two days’ notice to ensure your ride. For those without computer access you can call our office at 716-836-0822 ext. 126 to schedule your ride.
Voting is your right – and we can help you exercise it!