Uber Offering Free Rides To Go Vote
Uber is offering free rides to polling places on Election Day to help get people to vote during the midterm elections. Uber has also created a polling place button on its app that will help voters figure out where they are supposed to go to vote. Voting for the midterm elections is on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Uber unveiled its “Get to the Polls” feature as part of a series of initiatives to encourage more people to vote. It announced that it is partnering with Democracy Works and #VoteTogether on the initiatives. Voters can obtain the promo codes for the free rides from one of those voting advocacy groups.
Getting to the polls can be a challenge for American voters. Many people say transportation barriers are the reason why they don’t vote. According to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, 35 percent of youth without a college education reported that a lack of transportation was why they didn’t vote in the 2016 election.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in a blog post: “Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the US to get to their polling place at the push of a button.” Uber is also working to register voters before state deadlines, hosting voter registration events at their driver hubs.
Ride-sharing companies have offered similar services in previous years. This year, Lyft is also offering free and discounted rides to polling places on Election Day. The company will be offering free rides to voters in underserved communities and those that have transportation barriers. All other voters will be offered half-priced rides to their voting location. Lyft promo codes for the rides can be obtained from the websites for Vote Latino, local Urban League affiliates, and the National Federation of the Blind.