Making sure everyone's voice is heard; ACLU provided free rides on election day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - To increase voter turnout, the ACLU gave free rides to voters Tuesday who otherwise would have been unable to cast their ballot in the 2018 Midterm Election.

For 82-year-old Jan Aalberg, Nov. 6 was a special day. After years of being unable to vote in elections, she was able to cast her ballot with help from the ACLU.

"I wouldn't have been able to come and vote if I wouldn't have had a ride," she said.

That was why she decided to call the ACLU for a ride to the polls this year.

"I haven't been able to vote for a few years," she said. "I didn't get to get out and go vote. And I do have a son living here in Sioux Falls, but he goes to a different precinct and works all day long. So, I just couldn't go."

"The ACLU set up this program to bring people who don't have access to the polls to get them there, give them the access they need and just get as many people out to vote as possible," Todd Kruse, an ACLU volunteer, said.

Around 20 volunteers hit the ground running to make sure as many people could vote as possible. For Aalberg, the service provided her with a voice.

"I want to be able to vote, and I feel good about being able to come in and express myself this way," she said. "Rather than, you know, just watch it on the news that maybe the person that I wanted to get in didn't get in. And I just feel like I've helped."

Aalberg was not the only one using the service. At least a dozen people made calls to the ACLU for a ride to the polls.

"We are taking calls all day today, so if anyone is looking for a ride to the polls," Luke Huber, an ACLU volunteer, said. "We will provide free transportation, and I am hopefully looking forward to having more than five people to drive today."