“Co-operatives exist as democratic organizations. At Union Cab, democracy is part of our identity, our values and our mission. We believe that part of creating a democratic environment for our membership is encouraging a democratic environment in our community.”
– Butch Hanson, Union Cab President, 2009-2011
If transportation or mobility issues may make it difficult getting to the polls, let us help! Union Cab wants to make sure that each and every vote gets counted by offering free cab rides between your home and your local polling place. Our taxis and accessible vans* will be available to serve you while polls are open**.
Making an advanced reservation for your ride will help with timely transportation, but on-demand service will also be available whenever you are ready. Please make sure you allow plenty of time for wait and travel to and from the polls; it's going to be a busy day and we will be serving as many people as we can.
*Accessible service may have a 30 – 60 minute wait. Please schedule service at least a day in advance, if possible.
**Free service to the polls will end 30 minutes before the polls close. If you are already at your polling place and need a ride home, the free service will still be available.
We wish to thank the generous and democratic spirit of the following local organizations who have helped offset our costs for this service:
Alphonse Desjardin Sponsor:
In 1900, Alphonse Desjardin established the first modern credit union in North America which has become the largest credit union in Canada with over 5.6 million members. There missions is "to contribute to improving the economic and social well-being of people and communities within the compatible limits of its field of activity:
by continually developing an integrated cooperative network of secure and profitable financial services, owned and administered by the members, as well as a network of complementary financial organizations with competitive returns, controlled by the members;
by educating people, particularly members, officers and employees, about democracy, economics, solidarity, and individual and collective responsibility.
Moses Coady Sponsor:
Moses Coady served the Maritimes as a Parish priest, educator, and creator of the Cooperative Extension at St. Francis Xavier College in Nova Scotia. He worked with poor farmers, miners and fishermen to build the Antigonish Movement, a movement based on education, democracy and cooperation. His lasting legacy today resides in Co-op Atlantic and the Master of Management: Cooperative and Credit Union program at St. Mary's University in Halifax.
Rochdale Pioneer Sponsor:
In 1844, Weavers, factory workers and Suffragists defied the masters of their community by opening the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers. This cooperative became a source of financial refuge during the great economic collapse of 1848 and became the basis for the modern cooperative community of one billion people world-wide that continues to offer sanctuary from financial crisis through agricultural, utility, consumer, financial, worker, and housing cooperatives world-wide.
This is a non-partisan effort on the part of Union Cab. Our interest is to help people in our community exercise their right to vote. People who need transportation to their polling place will only need to call 242-2000. Rides will be provided between a person’s polling place and their home address. Union Cab will provide rides free of charge to people in Madison and the following connecting municipalities:
- Town of Madison
- Town of Blooming Grove (segments within Madison)
- Town of Burke (segments within Madison)
- Maple Bluff
Madison: Where Do I Vote?
WI Government Accountability Board
Dane County Clerk's Office
Polls open at 7:00 am and will remain open until 8:00 pm. We ask people interested in using a cab to access the polls to set up appointments with our dispatch offices prior to Election Day. To ensure that people can successfully get people to the polls, Union Cab strongly encourages people to call before 7:30 p.m. in Madison and 7:00 pm in outlying communities. Union Cab may utilize a share-ride method to maximize efficiency. Union Cab will not guarantee service after 7:30 pm. Please vote early.
To find out where to vote, people should check the City of Madison Clerk's office at Where To Vote.
Support the Service with a Donation to Democracy in Motion
If you would like to make a donation to support free rides to the polls for voters, or have questions, visit Democracy In Motion
. You may also send checks to P.O. Box 8305, Madison, WI 53708-8305; payable to Union Cab of Madison with “Democracy in Motion” written on the memo line.
Union Cab will provide rides to any and all requesting to go to the polls and is non-partisan. Our drivers are professional and will refrain from discussing politics during election days.