When the Voter Participation Center sent Adriana Araceli Hall her voting report card, she was proud and sad.
The report card confirmed what she already knew. She has a strong track record of going to the polls, but the rest of Arizona doesn’t. So, she’s doing something about it.
She went on several Facebook pages and reminded people to register to vote before the Oct. 9 deadline, but she also announced she will drive anyone in Green Valley or Sahuarita to their voting site Nov. 6.
This is the way she phrased it:
“I don’t care about your political affiliations, your religious ties, height, weight, health or shoe size. If you live in Rancho (Sahuarita) or close surrounding areas and need a ride to #vote in November, I’ll be doing it all day. No questions asked.”
Hall has been going to the polls since she was a child. While growing up in California, her father took her with him and she does the same with her 14-year-old son.
She’s astounded by the number of people who choose not to have their voices heard.
According to Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, 45 percent of registered and other voting-age individuals did not cast ballots in the November 2016 election, ranking the state 43rd in the nation.
Traditionally, midterm election turnouts are even worse, and that bothers Hall.
“With everything going on right now, they’re just as important as presidential elections,” she said. “They determine what our government is doing and if we don’t get out there and tell them what we want, we’re just spinning our wheels.”
Hall, who moved to Sahuarita three years ago, is hopeful a lot of people will take her up on her offer, particularly first-time voters.
“Regardless of how you feel about our current president, I have to give him a lot of credit for the increase in activism by people on both sides of the spectrum,” she said. “They’re much more engaged.”
“I’m not sure I could tell you who the Housing and Urban Development secretary was under President Obama. I know who it is under President Trump. I couldn’t tell you who the Education Secretary was under President Obama, I can tell you who it is under President Trump. He’s caused people to be more invested in the things he’s done.”
Those interested in getting a ride can email her in advance or on Nov. 6, Hall said.
“I will make as many trips as necessary. If it’s only five, that’s fine. That’s five more than would have voted. If it’s 25, even better. If it’s one person, to me every vote counts,” she said.
Hall promises the trip to and from the polls will be non-controversial.
“I’m not going to preach to them in the car. We won’t talk politics. We’ll talk about the weather, sports or whatever they want to,” she said.
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