Can’t Get To The Polls On Election Day? Uber and Lyft Have you Covered

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. 

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:

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:

As this person pointed out, Lyft is also offering free rides:

Some Twitter users dared push their luck (jokingly):

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:

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.

Check out Lyft’s and Uber’s sites for more details. 

And remember, Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. 

H/T: Thrillist, Twitter, Uber