Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to the polls on Election Day, November 6.
Midterm elections are right around the corner and people are doing whatever they can—on
both all sides of the fence—to make sure voters show up to perform their civic duty in record numbers—and this includes Uber and Lyft.
On Thursday, these peer-to-peer ride sharing giants announced they will team up with groups such as #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to offer would-be-voters free rides to the polls (in areas where Uber and Lyft are available) so they can cast their ballot.
Thank you to @Uber for giving free rides to the polls on Election Day! You can download the app on your mobile device or go to https://t.co/dBuVEZkolB to schedule your free ride on Nov 6th. #VoteForTheVet #IdahoStronger #VoteTogether https://t.co/RW3vp6Ogn0
— Kristin Collum (@Collum4Idaho) October 8, 2018
Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to the polls on Election Day pic.twitter.com/gWD8krzclE
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 15, 2018
When the day arrives (Tuesday, November 6), Uber users need only to open their app and a “Get to the Polls” button will automatically launch, allowing riders to find the polling place nearest them and schedule a ride to get there.
Commenters on Twitter are excited about the offer:
— Dhurtado (@Dhurtado13) October 8, 2018
Free rides To and From the polls?
This is excellent info to share especially with neighbors..
— Deborah (@obsessivelyMe) October 15, 2018
People…you can't be at this offer! No excuses. Get out and #vote. Grab the family, friends, and neighbors. Time to be heard…time to turn Congress blue and check this President!
— Norseman Actual (@NorsemanActual) October 15, 2018
In a press release, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi explained why Uber made the decision:
With the 2018 elections around the corner, many organizations and companies across the country are going the extra mile to support our democratic process. At Uber, we want to do our part, too—by helping voters register and get to the polls on Election Day.
Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button. We’re also partnering with nonprofit organizations to register voters before state deadlines and provide free rides to the polls on November 6.
This Uber driver is ready to go:
I like driving for @Uber And I’ll take you wherever you want. R or D; don’t matter to me.
— Chris Deighan (@IamIllini84) October 8, 2018
As this person pointed out, Lyft is also offering free rides:
@lyft is also doing it
— Chris Schoonhoven (@magsmom7) October 13, 2018
Some Twitter users dared push their luck (jokingly):
Sincere thanks for your service, however, you forgot to say free rides are for democrats only.
— Dave3787 (@nyrdcfan) October 8, 2018
Are they asking people how they'll vote before they'll give them a ride?
— tracy1000 (@tracy1000) October 15, 2018
Of course, there were a handful of commenters on Twitter who didn’t see Uber’s offer in a positive light, but their arguments were shot down pretty easily:
These are the corporations that have destroyed the taxi industry and that are exacerbating climate change and income inequality. Why celebrate?
— S. Elizabeth Vaughan (@zabethsue) October 15, 2018
I’m trying to figure out how do you bad mouth Uber and Lyft after an announcement that deals with helping out the people to go vote and get back this country from the atrocities in action that most of the current administrations on all levels are doing.
— Anderson Delgado Jr. (@MrAndersonCFD) October 15, 2018
People who can’t summon the agency to get to the polls shouldn’t be determining the future of our country
— Mick Ready (@Mick_Ready1) October 15, 2018
Right. American citizens who might be say, disabled or just down on their luck shouldn't be able to do their civic duty at the polls. Shouldn't have a say in their, or their children's futures. What could your party affiliation be……hmmmmmm……….
— Chad Huckabaa (@ChadHuckabaa) October 15, 2018
According to an article by The American Prospect, getting to the polls is a bigger problem than many people are aware of. Inadequate transportation was listed third in reasons for not voting.
Additionally, the article states:
A 2016 Survey of the Performance of American Elections found that 30 percent of registered youth did not vote because they said they couldn’t get to the polls.
And remember, Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.