Kerico N.E.M.T Services Donates Free Rides to Early Voting Locations for Seniors and the Disabled
Updated: Jan 7
Home health care and mobility solutions company offering free early voting rides for Houston, Sugarland, Pasadena, Katy, The Woodlands, Richmond, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, McAllen, and Brownsville voters.
HOUSTON, September 18, 2020 - Kerico Health Care, a Houston-based home health care and mobility company, is announcing today that it will be donating free rides to and from early voting locations with a ‘Free Early Voting Rides’ program for eligible senior and disabled voters across ten cities in southeast Texas.
Kerico N.E.M. T provides an on demand transportation technology solution paired with a network of highly screened, health care trained drivers and caregivers exclusive to Kerico. Many drivers are also equipped with special wheelchair accessible vehicles to easily transport seniors and the disabled.
"We understand the mobility issues that seniors and the disabled often face, and we wanted to offer an easy way for them to vote early, so we created the ‘Free Early Voting Rides’ program. Many voters don't know they can vote at any early voting location in the county where they registered to vote." -Michael Morris, CEO, Kerico N.E.M.T Services
We understand the N.E.M.T issues that seniors and the disabled often face, and we wanted to offer an easy way for them to vote early, so we created the ‘Free Early Voting Rides’ program," said Michael Morris, founder and CEO of Kerico N.E.M.T Services. "Many voters don't know they can vote at any early voting location in the county where they registered to vote," said Morris.
Early voters in the Houston metropolitan area can vote at any early voting location in the county where they registered. In 2019, Texas expanded a countywide election day voting program enabling voters in many counties to vote at any location in the county where they are registered instead of just at their local precinct.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols To Ensure Both Driver and Passenger Safety
The company has also introduced safety protocols in response to COVID-19 to ensure their passengers and drivers are safe. Every vehicle is disinfected before and after every single ride, and both drivers and passengers are required to wear masks before, during, and after each ride.
Seniors and the Disabled Can Also Obtain an Application to Vote by Mail
Texas law also allows voters 65 years or older or disabled voters to vote by mail. These voters can obtain an application at the Texas Secretary of State website. Also, Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins has announced plans to send applications for mail in ballots to Harris county voters aged 65 and over.
How to Request a Free Ride and Program Eligibility
Eligible voters can call Kerico Health Care toll free at 1-877-353-9857 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CDT between September 20 - 30 to schedule their ride. Early voting in most Texas counties starts on October 13. Eligibility and rules for the Free Early Voting Rides program include:
Riders must be any disabled voter or voter 60 years or older who live in Houston, Sugarland, Pasadena, Katy, The Woodlands, Richmond, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, McAllen, or Brownsville, Texas who need help visiting their early voting location.
Rides must be scheduled and confirmed at least a week ahead of time.
Recipients must provide a voting sticker or proof they voted to get a return ride.
Trips to the early voting location must be to the closest polling site to the recipient’s home.
Recipients must be registered to vote prior to scheduling a ride.
Recipients must wear a mask during the entire drive and follow all CDC guidelines.
Recipients must be ready at scheduled time or the driver may proceed to their next ride after a 5 min wait time.
Rides are subject to driver availability, and/or until all available rides have been scheduled.
How to Register to Vote and Find an Early Voting Location
Voters can visit the VoteTexas.Gov website or call 1-800-252-VOTE(8683) to learn how to register to vote, find out if they are registered, or if they are eligible to vote. Voters can also find more information about their early voting locations by visiting the Kerico Health Care blog ( www.kericocare.com/earlyvoting ).
About Kerico Health Care
Kerico Health Care is a Houston-based home health care and mobility company. In 2018, the company expanded its services to offer non-emergent medical transportation (NEMT) and mobility solutions for clinics, medical providers, skilled nursing facilities and retirement communities.
Kerico Health Care offers an on demand technology solution paired with a network of highly screened, health care trained drivers and caregivers exclusive to the company. The company was founded by Houston entrepreneur, Michael Morris, in 2013. Mr. Morris is also the founder and CEO of Interngie, LLC, an offshore logistics and gas conversion firm. The company's website iswww.kericocare.com and can be reached toll free at 1-877-353-9857.