This year, no matter how you choose to cast your vote, access to transportation should not be a barrier. But in the last presidential election, it’s estimated that more than 15 million eligible voters didn’t go to the polls in large part because they lacked a way to get there. COVID-19 has added even more complexities to exercising the right to vote — whether you vote by mail, drop your ballot at a collection site, or vote in person. Polling sites are consolidating and fewer people are volunteering to be poll workers due to health safety concerns.
We know not everyone has access to affordable transportation. So this Election season, we’re expanding the “Ride to Vote” work we began in 2018 to offer even more free and discounted rides to the polls. On Election Day, we are offering 50% off one ride up to $10 to any polling location or dropbox using the code 2020VOTE*. For the first time, this offer also includes our network of bikes and scooters in select cities. We’re working with When We All Vote and other partners to provide our community with the tools they need to register to vote.
Through our LyftUp program, we are also partnering with a number of nonprofit organizations to distribute free and discounted rides to those in communities where access to reliable, affordable transportation is limited. We’re proud to welcome new partners like More Than A Vote, who’s giving ride access to arena polling locations in Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Orlando, and to expand our work with existing LyftUp Access Alliance partners like Black Women’s Roundtable, who will help provide rides to get their community to the polls. These organizations join our growing list of Voting Access partners, which includes the National Federation of the Blind, Student Veterans of America, and more, allowing us to expand ride access to even more people this election season.
“Lyft is stepping up to complement the work that More Than A Vote has done to convert sports arenas into safe in-person voting locations in communities that are suffering the most during this pandemic,” said Michael Tyler, EVP of Public Affairs for More Than A Vote. “By providing access to free and discounted rides to arena voting sites in Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Orlando, Lyft is making it easier for voters in key population centers to safely exercise their right to vote this fall.”
As in years past, our partners will distribute ride credit directly to people in their networks whom they identify as most in need of transportation.
LyftUp is our comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most. In addition to getting people to the polls, LyftUp programs enable disconnected communities to gain access to healthy food, get to job interviews, connect with critical resources in the aftermath of natural disasters, and more.
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