NAACP volunteers help drive people to polls for election

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – At 18 years old, Grayson Solomon-Crawford is about to do something he’s never done before: vote.

“It feels great. I think I will pick one of the best candidates out there and hope my vote counts “said Solomon-Crawford.

He needed a ride to the election commission, so he made arrangements with the Clarksville-Montgomery NAACP and Austin Peay’s NAACP chapter.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

About 15 university drivers and 10 city drivers are volunteering their time to pick people up from their location and drive them to the polls and then take them home if needed.

About 30 Austin Peay students are answering phone lines that people can call if they need a ride.

“We didn’t want transportation to be a barrier for anyone in the area, so we wanted them to have an opportunity to vote “said Tracy Comer, an event organizer.

Alejandra Herrera is one of the volunteer drivers. He is a graduate of Austin Peay and said it is a way he can give back.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

This is also his first time voting.

“It’s very patriotic. Like paying it forward. I’m setting the example and now when I bring students, they asked did you vote? I say yes, I did, and I got there early “said Herrera.

News 2 followed Grayson Salomon- Crawford through the process and you could see his excitement after participating in his first presidential election.

“It feels good. It feels like I am an actual adult now instead of being a kid. So I hope my parents are happy I voted” he said.

Rides will also be offered to the public on Election Day. You must be registered to vote and have a state-issued ID or license to be eligible. Call 931-221-7800 on the day of the event to request a ride.