No Ride to the Polls? No Problem. Uber Will Take You for Free on Nov. 6
Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are making it easier to cast your vote in the midterm elections.
Uber is partnering with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide promo codes for free rides to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. In addition, the ride-hailing company is offering $10 off its least-expensive option in each city on a one-way ride to the polls.
Riders who aren’t sure where to vote can find their polling location via the Uber app as long as they have the latest version.
Lyft also will provide free and discounted rides.
And some public transit systems — among them Columbia, South Carolina; Waco, Texas; Los Angeles and Indianapolis — will give free rides on Election Day, so check to see if yours has a similar promotion.
Having free transportation can eliminate a barrier in getting to the polls — especially for low-income and younger voters.
You may even be able to take time off from work to cast your ballot. Many states have laws that guarantee this right, but some require employees to make a request before Election Day.
Another alternative is to contact your local Democratic or Republican party office to find out if they have volunteers who provide free transportation to the polls. A Penny Hoarder reader suggested this tip, and I think it never hurts to ask.
Note: This post has been updated.
Susan Jacobson contributed to this report. Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.