Election Day arrives Tuesday and as millions of Americans cast their vote for the nation's 45th president, ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, along with carsharing giant Zipcar are making sure anybody without transportation has a way to get to the polls.
Lyft, the nation's second largest ride hailing service, is offering 45 percent discounts on one-way rides to its members between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Minneapolis-St. Paul and 19 other markets. Members received an email on Sunday announcing the "Deal of the Week."
New users can sign up and enter the code NOVEMBER8TH and receive $5 off their first ten rides.
Uber is not being quite as generous, but the company has teamed up with Google to create an in-screen app that will help voters find their polling place and immediately arrange for a ride there. By pushing the button, riders can also get information about their polling station's hours
"Given the important decision people around the country will make on November 8th, we wanted to make getting to and from your polling place easier than ever," the ride hailing giant said.
New users can use the promotional code "VOTETODAY" and get $20 of their first ride.
Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, said it will make more than 7,000 vehicles across the United States free for its members’ use on election night. Select vehicles will be free from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through its #DRIVEtheVOTE promotion.
“Regardless of political affiliation or sentiment, we believe that voting is a civic duty, and we want to ensure that access to transportation isn’t a barrier to casting a ballot," said Andrew Daley, vice president of marketing.