Venezuelans in Miami do whatever it takes to cast their votes
Non-profit organization helps residents travel from Florida to New Orleans at a fair price
Contrary to other occasions, this time Venezuelan voters residing in Miami will have to afford travel expenses and take off to New Orleans, 1,400 kilometers from Miami (14 hours by car and almost two hours by plane) to cast their votes and return to their city, BBC Mundo reported.
Vanessa Durán from non-profit organization VotoDondeSea (Vote at any cost) explained that the trip implied some expenses that not everyone would be able to afford.
Two weeks ago, an initiative called "Potazo por la Unidad" (Fund Collection for Unity) to raise money and help people willing to vote was undertaken. So far, they have managed to organize 10 buses to hold 500 people. "Some of the buses have been donated by entrepreneurs, but we still need another 20 to help 1,500 people seeking help," said Pedro Mena, head of the opposition Democratic Unified Panel (MUD) in Miami.
VotoDondeSea added that the transport service would cost USD 75 only.
Most buses will depart from Miami on October 6 in the afternoon and return on Sunday 7 after people have cast their votes. Some transportation companies are offering special packages, including transportation, economical phone calls to Venezuela, accommodation, meals, etc. at different costs.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Around 1.5 million Venezuelans have decided to emigrate in search of a better future for their families. The figure accounts to between 4% and 6% of the overall population. Approximately 88% of these expatriates have made up their mind to emigrate over the last 15 years.