Going to Bat for Low-Income Voters: MTC Joins Oakland Athletics, AC Transit
MTC this week teamed up with the Oakland Athletics, AC Transit and social service agencies to help lower-income Alameda County residents cast general election ballots on or before Election Day. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 29 and continuing through Nov. 3, the A's will provide 1,300 Clipper cards, each loaded with an AC Transit one-day local pass, to residents of local shelters, RV sites and homeless encampments; and also will make available 3,000 KN-95 face masks to help ensure vulnerable citizens can not just get out to vote but can do so safely.
MTC grooved a fastball for the Athletics' get-out-the-vote swing by waiving the $3 fee normally required for Clipper transit-fare payment cards. Helping the Athletics distribute the cards will be Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless; Bay Area Community Services; the Downtown Streets Team; the East Oakland Collective; and LavaMae, which provides mobile showers and other hygiene assistance for homeless men, women and children.