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Free rides for early voters effort gets off to a bumpy start

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 24, 2012

Early voters who showed up Tuesday for a free ride to the Summit County Board of Elections courtesy of a local group of pastors didn't get very far.

A communication breakdown resulted in vans not being sent to the correct locations at the proper times. Pastor Bruce Butcher, who is heading the effort, offered his "apologies to anyone counting on us for getting to the polls."

Butcher promises the rides will be offered on schedule beginning Thursday.

The Coalition of Concerned Clergy, Community Leaders and Citizens plans to provide the rides Tuesdays and Thursdays from several Akron sites until the Nov. 6 election. The schedule, pick-up days and locations might change, based on demand.

The initial schedule is:

• 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the W.O.M.B., 915 E. Market St.

• 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., East Akron Community House, 550 S. Arlington St.

• 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., North Hill branch library, 183 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave.

• 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Maple Valley branch library, 1187 Copley Road.

• 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Vern Odom library branch, 600 Vern Odom Blvd.

In-person early voting will be offered at all county elections boards until Nov. 5.

For more information on the rides, call 330-299-VOTE (8683).

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