We’re just a few weeks out from Election Day, with a record number of women, first-time candidates, and people of color on the ballots and voter enthusiasm at a record high. But registering is only half the battle to getting these candidates elected. There are a slew of barriers keeping constituents, especially those of color, away from the polls, including inaccessibility to transportation, which was sited as the third most common reason among youth ages 18 to 29 for not voting in the 2016 election.
In an effort to mobilize those without access to transportation and help them get their voices heard on Election Day, Uber is partnering with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide all of its users in the U.S. with a Get To The Polls button, which will allow voters to book rides to their nearest polling places for free. And leading up to November 6, Uber is providing in-app voting resources to riders and drivers via When We All Vote, as well as hosting registration drives at Greenlight Hubs around the country. (Though registration deadlines have passed in many states, click here to check if you still have time to register where you live!)
Similarly, Lyft is offering 50% off promo codes on rides to the polls on Election Day, in partnership with Vote.org, Nonprofit Vote, and TurboVote. And for underserved communities, the ride-sharing service is providing free rides through nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations like Voto Latino, local Urban League affiliates, and the National Federation of the Blind.
Most states require employers to give employees paid time off to vote, so be sure to check your state’s laws here, as well as this polling place locator so you know exactly where to show up to cast your ballot on November 6. If your eligibility to vote is being questioned once you’re at the polls, you should be able to vote using a provisional ballot, and if you encounter voter intimidation of any kind, here’s a great resource from the ACLU that details what you should do.
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