To get the vote on Tuesday, November 3rd, both Lyft and Uber are offering discounted rides to polling stations on the big day.
For this year's presidential election, Lyft is offering 50% off a trip up to $ 10 to any polling station (or Dropbox) using the code 2020VOTE. Note, however, that a Lyft ride from the polling location is charged at full price.
The company also works with various nonprofits to offer free and discounted rides on Election Day to communities where access to reliable and affordable transportation is limited.
In addition, the offer will also be offered for the first time to Lyft's network of bikes and scooters in selected cities. Please see the website for more details.
The ride-sharing company launched its so-called “Ride to Vote” initiative during the mid-term elections in 2018 to help people have a say in the country's future. Lyft said it was urged to take action when it learned that an estimated 15 million people who signed up to vote in the 2016 presidential election failed to do so due to transportation problems.
Ridesharing competitor Uber announced this week that it will also be offering discounted rides on election day, but by how much remains to be announced.
Additionally, the company has partnered with TurboVote to encourage those who are reluctant to vote in person due to the pandemic to instead register to vote or request a vote via email using the Uber and Uber Eats apps.
Uber said it is also aware that a face-to-face vote can sometimes result in long lines outside the polling stations. With that in mind, the company is partnering with nonprofit Pizza to the Polls to deliver free slices of the cheesy snack to hungry voters while they wait to cast their vote. Deliveries are made by Uber Eats.
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, commented on Uber's plans for the upcoming vote in a message on the company's website: “With this year's election in mind, we are committed to doing our part to ensure that every citizen has access to the vote. ”