A lot of things keep people from getting to the polls. Some people have jobs that aren't flexible. Others may be lacking transportation. We all know how important it is to get out and vote, but even something as simple as finding someone to watch your child while you wait in line can be a deterrent. I mean, dealing with a child in line at a grocery store is a lot, imagine when you have nothing to distract them. That is why a group in Kalamazoo is working together with the community to provide free child care to those people who want their voice to be heard.

A woman named Sally Read has organized volunteers to provide free childcare at the Douglass Community Association. Voters who are parents of small children can drop their children off at the Alma Powell branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library between the hours of 1:00pm and 8:00pm with the daycare volunteers and get in line without the worry of keeping their children busy and quiet. Kids can read books and play with toys provided by the library while they wait. Read is looking to make free childcare available at more polling places. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out your application here.

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