October 12, 2018

Public transit, Uber, and Lyft are offering free rides to the polls on Election Day

How are you getting to the polling station on Nov. 6? These transportation services are trying to help

With Election Day around the corner, states are preparing for what could be one of the highest turnouts for a midterm election in recent memory.

States across the country are reporting record numbers of voter registration, and get-out-the-vote campaigns have flooded social media—everyone from the president to pop singers are urging voters to be ready for Nov. 6.

Some cities are trying to make it easy for residents to make it to the polls by offering free public transit on Election Day. In South Carolina, Columbia’s bus service the COMET will be free on Nov. 6. The free fare is meant to eliminate any economic barriers voting, according to the COMET’s website.

In Michigan, the Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services, or STARS, offered free rides for the state’s primary elections in August and will offer free rides on Election Day.

Rideshare services also announced free and reduced rate rides.

Lyft announced it will offer 50 percent off promo codes on Nov. 6 to encourage voter turnout. The Lyft app will also help passengers find their polling location. Lyft partnered with Vote.org, Nonprofit Vote, TurboVote and other organizations to distribute codes to those who need them. For underserved communities, Lyft will provide rides free of cost through nonpartisan, nonprofit partners, including Voto Latino, local Urban League affiliates, and the National Federation of the Blind, it said on its website.

Uber announced it will feature a Get to the Polls Button in the app so that anyone in the U.S. will be able to quickly find their polling place and book a ride to go vote, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote on the company’s website. Uber will also offer free rides to the polls, partnering with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works.

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