Petition: Mayor Kenney, Make SEPTA Free on Election Day!

Photo: Jeff Fusco / Philly Mag

Mayor Kenney, City Council, and SEPTA:

Let's join other major cities including Dallas, Houston, Tampa, and the Twin Cities and offer complimentary public transit on election day. Let's help Philadelphians make a voting plan that includes SEPTA. 

We know that not only getting to the polls can be challenging in Philadelphia, but many people also have long and expensive commutes on SEPTA to work and/or to drop their children off to daycare and schools, and getting to the polls may require an extra trip or two.

One poll showed thirty-eight percent of youth of color said that lacking transportation played a minor or major role in their choice not to vote, whereas just 27 percent of young white non-voters said the same.

By making SEPTA free to riders for the day, we can help ease the burden to make voting more convenient, create a culture that values voting from the highest levels of City government on down, and make sure Philadelphians get to the polls in a critical midterm election year when the city's interests are on the line in Harrisburg and Washington. 

This November 6th, let's make it easier than ever to vote by funding free SEPTA for all on Election Day!

578 SIGNATURES
500 signatures

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  • Colleen Coffey
    signed 2018-10-04 21:03:30 -0400
  • Jessica Jones
    signed 2018-10-04 20:36:59 -0400
  • Jen Catson
    signed 2018-10-04 20:32:16 -0400
  • Jeffrey Phillips
    signed 2018-10-04 20:00:11 -0400
    This petition represents an excellent way for Philadelphia to lead among American cities in encouraging democratic participation. It’s perhaps the next best thing to making Election Day a public holiday, and I would encourage Mayor Kinney and SEPTA to try hard to find the funding to make it happen! If it’s not feasible to have free fares for all, perhaps SEPTA could consider free rides for passengers who show their voter registration card, a slate card, or an “I Voted!” sticker.
  • Gina Giaccardo
    signed 2018-10-04 19:55:05 -0400
  • Teej Gans
    signed 2018-10-04 19:40:27 -0400
  • Evan Fenaroli
    signed via 2018-10-04 19:34:09 -0400
  • Evan Cory Levine
    @evancorylevine tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-04 19:33:15 -0400
    Sign the petition: Make SEPTA Free on Election Day! http://www.5thsq.org/free_septa_on_election_day?recruiter_id=743544
  • Amanda Booth
    signed 2018-10-04 18:26:35 -0400
  • S. Ashley 💚💙☕🚋🌎☘️🧘🏼‍♀️🏡
    @stepash tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-04 18:13:50 -0400
    Sign the petition: Make SEPTA Free on Election Day! http://www.5thsq.org/free_septa_on_election_day?recruiter_id=461589
  • Laurie Sanderson
    signed 2018-10-04 17:55:54 -0400
  • Thomas Baker
    signed 2018-10-04 17:47:34 -0400
  • Jillian Waldman
    signed 2018-10-04 17:47:16 -0400
  • Ashley Vierra
    signed 2018-10-04 16:37:36 -0400
  • Hayden Smith
    signed 2018-10-04 15:36:07 -0400
    SEPTA should be free all year round!
  • Lydia Hurtado
    signed 2018-10-04 15:31:17 -0400
  • Amy Perlingiero
    signed 2018-10-04 15:22:45 -0400
  • Kathleen Aquilina
    signed 2018-10-04 15:04:00 -0400
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  • Robert Reynolds
    signed 2018-10-04 14:45:26 -0400
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  • Meg Retz
    signed 2018-10-04 14:36:29 -0400
    I love this idea! I know access to transportation is a huge issue for low and no-income Philadelphia residents. Free public transportation would not only help those people get to the polls, but would also raise awareness about election day and the importance of voting.
  • Matt Gowie
    signed 2018-10-04 14:32:26 -0400
  • Peter Nopachinda
    signed via 2018-10-04 14:24:41 -0400
  • Naif Littles
    signed 2018-10-04 14:14:26 -0400
  • Noreen Daly
    signed 2018-10-04 13:50:32 -0400
  • Celina De Leon
    signed via 2018-10-04 13:43:03 -0400
  • Christina Gosnell
    signed 2018-10-04 13:30:42 -0400
  • Elizabeth Healey
    signed 2018-10-04 13:27:34 -0400
  • Jeffrey Friedman
    @Jeff_A_Friedman tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-04 13:23:44 -0400
    Sign the petition: Make SEPTA Free on Election Day! http://www.5thsq.org/free_septa_on_election_day?recruiter_id=461059
  • Jeffrey Friedman
    signed 2018-10-04 13:23:06 -0400
  • James Perkins
    signed 2018-10-04 13:03:38 -0400