Rideshare providers Uber and Lyft will be providing free and discounted fares to the polls on Election Day this year.
Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi announced in a statement that Uber “will be doing what we can to make it easier for people to” show up to vote on Nov. 6. Working with Democracy Works and pushing the hashtag #VoteTogether, Uber will be offering free rides to the polls.
You drive the vote, we’ll get you to the polls. Learn more about how we’re helping people show up on Election Day. https://t.co/ftLaWCEhZ7
— Uber (@Uber) October 4, 2018
Lyft will be doing similar, as it has made plans to work with three ‘Get Out the Vote’ organizations to determine “underserved areas” to offer voters free rides to and from the polls. Fares will be cut in half for poll-goers outside those areas.
The latest versions of the apps will have a new “Polls” button.
While I’ve always been a big advocate of “If you don’t care enough to inform yourself on what/who you’re voting for, please don’t vote” having Uber and Lyft provide a much-needed service for many who do educate themselves on what’s on their ballot but need a ride is a great community service.