Uber and Lyft, the rideshare apps are set to help voters in the US make it to the polls during the midterm elections on November 6th. They are offering a mixture of free or deeply discounted fares on that day.
Lyft has partnered with Vote.org, TurboVote, and Nonprofit Vote to offer registered voters half-off fares to their local polling stations. Lyft will also send a push notification to its users reminding them Election Day is just days away and will make sure drivers have voter information pamphlets for their customers.
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Midterms have notoriously low turn-out; usually near 40% VS. the 60% for presidential elections. Uber and Lyft are hoping to make a difference this year by helping all users regardless of political affiliation to get to their nearest polling station and perform their civic duty and vote.
In a blog post, Lyft said,
"It is estimated that over 15 million people were registered but didn’t vote in 2016 because of transportation issues. That’s why we’re committed to providing 50% off rides across the country, and free rides to underserved communities that face significant obstacles to transportation."
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted, "Decisions get made by those who show up. That’s why @uber is putting our technology to work so on #ElectionDay, November 6, you can drive the vote."
Uber went on to point out in their blog post,
"Any such offer is not intended to induce, nor is it conditioned on, the act of voting, refraining from voting or voting for or against any particular candidate, political party or measure."
with Lyft making a similar disclaimer,
"...(this offer) is not intended to induce, nor is it conditioned on, the act of voting or voting for or against any particular candidate or measure."
Remember to VOTE. Only those who vote have a say in who your leaders are and what decisions they make on your behalf while in office. Voting is your right... exercise it!