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According to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data, a lack of transportation was one of the top 10 reasons registered voters did not vote in the 2016 presidential election.
In an effort to make sure everyone is able to exercise their right to vote, Lyft has announced free and discounted rides across the U.S. on Election Day this year, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Rides to the polls across the country will be 50-percent off with a special promo code, and free rides will also be available to communities that face major transportation obstacles.
For underserved communities, Lyft will provide free rides through nonpartisan, nonprofit partners, including Voto Latino, local Urban League affiliates and the National Federation of the Blind.
Lyft will be working with Vote.org, Nonprofit Vote, TurboVote and more to help distribute codes to those who need them and will also help passengers find their polling locations.
Both Lyft and Uber offered free and discounted trips during the 2016 presidential elections, but according to Lyft, an estimated 15 million registered voters still did not vote in 2016 because of transportation issues.
There is no word yet if Uber or any other ride-sharing app will be offering discounts or free rides on Election Day. Do you or someone you know find it difficult to get to the polls?