Uber, Lyft, Lime and Skip offer free rides on Election Day – CNET

Voters can bike, scoot, carpool or hitch a ride to go to cast their ballots.

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Uber created a polling place button to help voters figure out where to go on Election Day.

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Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft and electric scooter companies Lime and Skip are offering free and discounted rides to help get people to the polls for the midterm elections next Tuesday.

Lyft was the first to offer the deal, saying in August that it will offer half-priced rides to all voters in the US on Election Day. For underserved communities and those voters with transportation barriers, all rides will be free.

Then Uber jumped on earlier this month saying it’s handing out a $10 discount for all rides to polling stations. The company also created a polling place button to help voters more easily find where they need to go to cast their ballot on Nov. 6.

“With the 2018 elections around the corner, many organizations and companies across the country are going the extra mile to support our democratic process,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in a blog post. “Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the US to get to their polling place at the push of a button.”

Getting to the polls can be an obstacle for many American voters. Thirty-five percent of youth who didn’t go to college say a lack of transportation was why they didn’t vote in the 2016 election, according to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.  

Uber, Lyft, Lime and Skip say this is one area where they can help. Skip said Wednesday that it’ll share a promo code for a $5 ride credit on its dockless electric scooters on Election Day. And Lime announced last week that it’ll offer all users two free 30-minute rides on its scooters or bikes. People just need to use the code LIME2VOTE18. 

Lime has also joined several other tech companies in giving its employees time off on Tuesday to vote. Other companies on this list include Dropbox, Pinterest, Etsy and Okta.

Along with the ride-hailing and scooter companies giving voters a lift to the polls, cities like Los Angeles and Indianapolis are also offering free public transportation all day on Nov. 6.

First published Oct. 4, 10:02 a.m. PT.
Updates, 10:53 a.m.: Includes additional background information; Oct. 31 at 1:18 p.m.: Adds information on Lime, Skip and public transportation.    

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