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VCU provides shuttle for student voters

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia Commonwealth University provided students with a shuttle bus to five different polling locations on campus.

The shuttle service has been around for the past few presidential elections and provides hundreds of students a free transportation option to get to the polling places.

The shuttle program has been around for the last few presidential elections and was started by VCU student affairs, parking and transportation and the student government association.

Kejdi Abazi, a junior and the vice president for student government helped influence this year's program.

“I was born in a different country where elections are corrupt and rigged so it doesn't matter to go and vote,” Abazi said. “So now being an American citizen, it’s important to me that I have a voice and it matters so I wanted to make it happen for a lot of the students here.”

18-year-old Jaylin Turner and Jonae Boyd are two of hundreds of students to use the shuttle to get to the polls.

“I feel like if people don't like the candidates, they don't vote,” Turner said. “I feel like it's really important you should express your views. It is a very important right.”

Dr. Reuban Rodriguez, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs said it’s their civic duty to provide this transportation option to the students.

“We want to make sure our students who are residents and basically live here have the opportunity to vote for our candidates of choice,” Rodriguez said.

The bus picks students up at a stop directly across the street from the Cabell Library and will transport them to five different polling locations on campus. The shuttle stops on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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