GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The countdown is on.
We are five days away from an election on track to have a historic turnout, and some local organizations are doing their part to make sure that stays true.
"A lot of people think that they're one voice and one vote doesn't matter," Nicole Pratt with the YMCA said. "We have to stop that stigma and let people know that it does matter. We want kids to know that their voice is important and that everybody has a voice and that starts with their parents and their guardians."
This election day, for the first time ever, the 'Y' is offering childcare for voters.
"This event is free to anybody that's a YMCA member at any one of our locations and its $6.00 for anyone that's not a member that can drop in their child to our kid zones," Pratt said.
But they're not the only ones encouraging a trip to the polls. GVSU Junior Noelle Milad is one a few students organizing free rides to the polls for students on election day.
"With college students you're not at your home address, so you're registering to vote here," Milad said. "Not every freshman has a car though and the best way we can get them there is drive them ourselves. Taking part in our civic engagement, being a part of this election is important, especially at our age and during this year and so being able to drive them it the least we can do," she added.
The free rides for GVSU students will be leaving from the Kirkhof Center from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
YMCA is encouraging those interested in getting the 2 hour childcare to register a day in advance. You can stop by your local 'Y' or call any location to register.
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