Uber is Offering Free Rides to the Polls on November 6

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Uber has made headlines in recent months for suspending riders in Australia and New Zealand who fall below a four star rating. While that is something to motivate passengers and drivers to behave better during the ride, Uber is also known to be philanthropic. About a year ago, I wrote about how Uber assisted with the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Those efforts were greatly appreciated by my family and friends in south Texas. Today, Uber released a press release detailing how it will provide voter registration services and free rides to the polls in November. Here are some of the highlights of what Uber is offering through November 6th:

  1. Get to the Polls Button: On Tuesday, November 6, anyone in the U.S. will be able to quickly find their polling place and book a ride to go vote—with just a few taps in the Uber app. (Make sure you’re using the latest version of the app.)
  2. Free Rides to the Polls: To help the millions of Americans who cite transportation barriers as the reason they don’t vote, we’ll be partnering with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide free rides to the polls.
  3. Helping Riders and Drivers Register to Vote: To help support voter registration efforts, Uber has partnered with When We All Vote to provide our customers with easy-to-use voter registration tools. Earlier this week, we began sharing registration resources with riders through the Uber app.

Uber will also provide instructions to drivers and delivery partners about voter registration locations:

[Uber] will also be emailing information about how to register to vote to drivers and delivery partners across the United States. And between now and Election Day, we’ll be hosting voter registration drives at more than 125 U.S. Greenlight Hub locations around the country to help register as many eligible voters as possible before their state’s deadline. These driver support centers will have local registration resources on hand, so drivers and delivery partners—or anyone else who wants to—can come easily register to vote in person. Find a Greenlight Hub near you at uber.com/drive.

Uber has also made it easier for campaigns or organizations to assist voters in securing a ride to the polls:

Uber for Campaigns: Any campaign or organization can use our existing Uber for Business offering to purchase and distribute promo codes for rides to the polls on Election Day. More information is available at uber.com/business.

Final Word

I think this is a fantastic initiative by Uber. For anyone that needs a ride to the polls on November 6th, this is for you.

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