Bus Passes for Voters

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), in conjunction with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Board, are announcing a program that will provide free, smart card bus passes for people who need a ride to register to vote or to receive identification documents necessary to vote. Money for the program was put in the 2016 County Budget by the County Board of Supervisors and signed by County Executive Abele.

MCTS has developed a grant process to allow community groups and non-profit organizations already engaged in promoting voter registration, and voter ID’s to obtain these tickets for distribution through their programs.

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact MCTS at 414-937-0470 or at mcardservices@mcts.org. Organizations interested in applying for a grant can download the application below and submit it to MCTS. Please note that ONLY organizations may request ticket grants; MCTS does not distribute single tickets directly to individuals.

Any groups receiving the smart card bus passes would be required to:

  • Show they help with voter registration and/or assist people in obtaining photo IDs
  • Be based or have an office in Milwaukee County
  • Screen individuals for eligibility
  • Track disbursement of the smart card bus pass and incidental expenses such as postage

Download the Voter Bus Pass Application here.

Download the Voter Bus Pass Distribution Log here.