Need a Ride to the Polls? Lyft and Uber Will Help Find Your Polling Place and Give You a Free or Discounted Ride to Vote


Check out what Lyft and Uber are doing this election day to get you to the polls.

MAYBE THE MOST welcome trend among tech companies this fall? Over 300 of them have pledged to give their employees time off to go out and vote today. Silicon Valley’s civic spirit doesn’t stop there, though; several tech luminaries are also doing their best to get the general public to the polls.

Uber: With the help of Google, the Uber app will remind users that it’s election day, help you not only locate your polling place based on your registration address but take you there with a tap. If you’re new to Uber, you can also score $20 off your first ride using the promotional code VOTETODAY.

Lyft: Lyft doesn’t have any fancy team-ups, but it does offer up to 45 percent off election day rides in 20 select markets. A couple of caveats apply, though. The discount maxes out at $10, and is only good for a one-way trip.

Free rides: This isn’t due to Uber and Lyft’s largesse, and it’s only for a few states, but worth mentioning anyway: If you live in Pennsylvania, Florida, or North Carolina, you can get a free round trip ride up to $30 through My Ride to Vote. Use the codes VOTEPA, VOTEFL or VOTENC when you order your car, but do it quick before they run out.

Facebook: Need some last minute cramming on the issues and local ballot initiatives? The social media giant is giving you one place to help you make all of your decisions. The site’s showing visitors reminders to vote at the top of their News Feeds (or right here), with personalized ballot previews for state and local elections, and easy access to each candidate’s endorsements, recent posts, and official websites.

Google: Click the Google Doodle logo, and Google will help you find your polling place. Just type in your address, and you’ll get your polling place address, voter requirements, and a preview of your local ballot.

Twitter: Get out the vote by sliding into a DM. Send a direct message with your home address to Twitter’s @gov and it’ll send back voter info that includes polling location, measures, local candidates, and more.

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SOURCE: Wired – Michael Duran /

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