Uber, Lyft jointly offering free rides to voters to provide barrier-free transportation On Election Day. Uber said Thursday that it will serve discounted trips to the polls to encourage riders to vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 6.
It has also added “Get to the Polls” feature in their app which helps voters more easily find their designated polling place and book a free ride.
“Decisions get made by those who show up,” CEO of Uber Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in a blog post. “This Election Day, Uber will be doing what we can to make it easier for people to do just that.”
Lyft is also offering similar service based on half-price and free rides. Users can obtain 50 percent off promo code from Lyft’s partners or those who stay in “underserved” community can get a free ride.
“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the US to get to their polling place at the push of a button,” Dara Khosrowshahi added.
Additionally, Uber is also teaming up with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works in order to deliver free rides to voters. Riders will have to first receive promo codes from one of the voting advocacy groups to get the ride.
The survey by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement revealed that 35 percent of American youth didn’t vote in the 2016 election due to a lack of transportation.