Success! Uber Will Offer Free Rides on Election Day

Around 15 million registered voters never made it to the polls in 2016 because they didn’t have the transportation to get there.

Responding to this obvious need, Lyft announced last summer that the company would offer free and discounted rides to the polls on Election Day, November 6.

Several nonpartisan nonprofits — including Vote Latino, Urban League and the National Federation for the Blind — are planning to help those in need access free Lyft rides to the polls. Meanwhile, voters around the country will be able to get half-off coupons from Lyft for Election Day, thanks to voter registration groups such as TurboVote, Nonprofit Vote and Vote.org.

Lyft’s announcement included the pledge to offer free rides to “underserved communities that face significant obstacles to transportation.”

That’s great, but what about the rideshare company Uber, which has almost twice the marketshare of Lyft?

When the Care2 Team realized that it was time for Uber to step up, they created a petition asking the company to offer free rides on Election Day and help Americans vote.

As the petition points out:

Many of those who didn’t get to wear an “I voted” sticker were from poor or minority communities. In fact, according to a 2014 Pew study, close to 50 percent of nonvoting households earn less than $30,000 and 40 percent of that group is comprised of Hispanics, African-Americans or other minority groups.

Success!

The Care2 petition garnered over 11,600 signatures, and we are so excited that on October 4, Uber announced that it will offer free rides to polling stations on Election Day. The company will also provide an app where voters can find out the location of their designated polling place.

The company is collaborating with Democracy Works and #VoteTogether, which will provide promo codes for the free rides.

Encouraging all citizens to vote is absolutely crucial in these mid-term elections, and Uber and Lyft are certainly making it easier for people to get to the polls.

It’s always important for everyone to exercise their right to vote, but it’s even more crucial this November 6. That’s not only because Democrats are looking to take control of the House, but also because many voters have faced hurdles since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

Ensuring fair access to the polls for everyone should not even be in question, but we’ve seen repeatedly how voter ID laws and election meddling make it hard to vote, especially for minorities and the elderly.

Some examples:

  • In June, 2018, a federal judge struck down a Kansas law requiring documentary proof of citizenship in order to vote; this is a violation of the National Voter Registration Act.
  • Or take the case of the Supreme Court decision in June, 2018, ruling that Ohio’s aggressive efforts to purge its rolls was legal. The state has been removing people who had not responded to at least two mailers — flimsy postcards that give no indication of their importance — and who had also not voted in two elections.
  • In August 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal count against Arizona, saying the state was at risk of  illegally disenfranchising more than half a million voters.

With voter suppression on this scale, it’s vital that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so.

Congratulations to Care2 members who signed the petition and took a stand for voter rights!

Do you too want to raise awareness about an injustice? Why not join your fellow Care2 members and create your own petition today?  Soon you’ll find the Care2 community signing up to support you.

 

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85 comments

Chad Anderson
Chad Andersonabout a month ago

Thank you.

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Thomas M
Past Member 1 months ago

thank you

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Amanda M
Amanda McConnell1 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Amanda M
Amanda McConnell1 months ago

noted

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Amanda M
Amanda McConnell1 months ago

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Nancy B
Nancy B1 months ago

Fantastic

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HEIKKI R
HEIKKI R1 months ago

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Janis K
Janis K1 months ago

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Leo C
Leo Custer1 months ago

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Teresa F
Teresa Fazackerley1 months ago

thank you, enjoy your day everyone

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