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Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:25 AM

Uber and lyft offering free rides to polling ... check with them if you need one

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Reply Uber and lyft offering free rides to polling ... check with them if you need one (Original post)
Fullduplexxx Oct 2018 OP
dalton99a Oct 2018 #1
EffieBlack Oct 2018 #2
Fullduplexxx Oct 2018 #3
grantcart Oct 2018 #4
Fullduplexxx Oct 2018 #5
grantcart Oct 2018 #7
EffieBlack Oct 2018 #6
JCanete Oct 2018 #8

Response to Fullduplexxx (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:29 AM

1. Yep

http://fortune.com/2018/10/05/uber-lyft-free-rides-polls-election-day/

In an attempt to get out the vote in a contentious election year, Uber is offering free rides and voting location information in its app this Election Day.

Uber is partnering with Democracy Works and #VoteTogether to provide promo codes for free rides to voters across the U.S. on Nov. 6. Riders will be able to look up their designated voting location by entering their home address into the app.

Ridesharing competitor Lyft announced back in August it would also offer free and discounted rides to the polls on Nov. 6. Organizations including Vote.org and TurboVote will help distribute nationwide 50% off codes for the Lyft app. And Lyft will also provide free rides through nonpartisan, nonprofit partners such as Voto Latino to help members of underserved communities who historically have had a harder time getting to the polls.

Midterm elections often have notoriously low turnout, perhaps four in 10 eligible Americans vote in them compared to six in 10 for presidential election years. Lyft pointed out an estimated 15 million people were registered but didnít vote in 2016 because of transportation issues.

Uber had this caveat at the end of its announcement, however: ďAny promo codes or free rides under the Uber Drives the Vote program are offered to individuals by our partner organizations and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, subject to Uberís terms and conditions. Any such offer is not intended to induce, nor is it conditioned on, the act of voting, refraining from voting or voting for or against any particular candidate, political party or measure.Ē

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:34 AM

2. Yes. And most local campaigns are also offering rides

Lack of transportation to the polls is NOT an excuse to not vote.

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Response to EffieBlack (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:35 AM

3. Just trying to spread the word

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:36 AM

4. Great but to have an account you need to have a credit card

Those at the bottom aren't going to be able to use it.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:12 AM

5. The ride is free you may not need one

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 12:08 PM

7. you won't be able to use the app without one, but they won't charge you if you use the promotion.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:34 AM

6. Lyft and Uber are just one of several options

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 12:28 PM

8. wow, what are they paying their drivers to do this? Its already a racket they've got going. Good

 



pr though, and a decent public service if it isn't their employees this falls on the back of.

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