Trailers come in all shapes and sizes and have an endless amount of uses, from hauling equipment to experiential marketing, from carrying cars to serving as a mobile office, and more. The city of Muskegon, Mich. is using a trailer in another timely and tangible way this month.
Muskegon City Clerk Ann Meisch received a grant for election administration, so in addition to securing a new voting tabulation machine to allow votes to be counted more quickly and efficiently, she also purchased a 16-foot MTI concession trailer from Advantage Trailer.
The trailer features a flip-up concession window, interior storage cabinets, and was wrapped to reflect its purpose: a mobile voter registration site and polling place. The city will take it to various neighborhoods, schools, and community centers, giving residents the opportunity to register and submit an absentee ballot without having to travel very far or wait in long lines.
“I actually had a lot of excitement about getting to the senior high rises that we have around here and how difficult it is,” Meisch told Fox 17. “Some of those are so close to us, but yet so far when you don’t have transportation.”
Staff working the trailer will be able to issue absentee ballots, collect ballots, register voters, and answer questions from the trailer and it also helps ease the burden on the postal system. A schedule of locations for the first week can be found at muskegonvotes.com and Meisch is excited about the ability to capture what is expected to be record-breaking turnout.
“I think even one is a success to me honestly,” Meisch told Fox 17. “Just offering that opportunity for people to have that chance, not to have to worry about having to get down to city hall. Especially our seniors, I look to them, and I think it’s going to be really, really big.”
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