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Warren Buffett urges Maha Festival goers to vote

Posted at 11:03 PM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-21 00:03:31-04

Earlier this month, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO, Warren Buffett announced he was going to get out the vote with his Drive 2 Vote campaign. He and volunteers pledged to drive voters to and from the polls on Election Day.  

As part of his efforts to get people to the polls, Buffett attended the eighth annual Maha Festival and encouraged those in attendance to register to vote and pledge to drive others to the polls.

"You know this was Warren's idea. He heard at speakers at the convention say democracy is not a spectator sport, and when he heard that, he thought, what else can I do?” says Katie Weitz, co-founder of the campaign. “So he knew he could drive people to the polls. So he rented out Ollie the Trolley and he’s going to be on the trolley all day taking people to and from the polls and he’s hoping others do the same.”

Buffet and his team are working to get the highest voter turnout of any district in the country.

"It’s important to vote, especially here in Omaha, District 2 because Douglas and Sarpy counties have the unique position of knowing that we can swing either way, and so people's elections decisions really matter here,” says Daniel Cano, a volunteer for the campaign.

"We are going to be driving anywhere and everywhere: schools, individual houses, and community centers. We'll go anywhere people need us,” says Karin Wagner, a driver for the Drive 2 Vote vans.

Buffett’s pledged to personally drive at least ten voters to the polls on November 8th, who have no way of getting there.

For more information on the Drive 2 Vote campaign, you can visit their website