Whether you support the Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or Greens, these services want to make sure you can cast a ballot.
Tomorrow, November 8, is Election Day in the United States, and it’s vital to vote no matter which candidate you support. Several high-tech automotive companies are making the process a little more convenient this year by providing free or discounted services for helping people get to the polls, according to Forbes.
Zipcar’s "Drive the Vote" program is providing free travel for members in over 7,000 vehicles nationwide in every location where the company offers its service. Drivers can even reserve the cars in advance. Using the automobiles won’t cost people anything between 6 PM and 10 PM local time on Election Day.
General Motors’ Maven car sharing service is offering $5 off a trip by using the promo code VOTE. The coupon is for those casting a ballot, but the deal lasts through November 14. If your preferred candidate loses, you could use the savings to take a relaxing drive and relieve some stress.
If you want to vote but you’re not sure where to go, then open Uber’s app on November 8. The ride sharing firm is working with Google so that people can search for their local polling place. Users can also immediately request a trip there. If it’s your first ride with the company, the promotional code “VOTETODAY” takes $20 off the journey.
Uber’s rival Lyft is also offering a discount for voters. In 20 major cities around the country, riders can take 45 percent off the fare to the polling place from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM local time. There’s no savings on the return journey, though.
While these services are quite helpful, there is another potential option if you live in an area without them and still want to vote. Give the local office of your preferred political party a call on Election Day because they both want as many supporters as possible at the ballot box. The groups often provide free transportation to the voting booth for anyone who needs it.
zipcar makes over 7,000 cars available for free this election night
free zipcars to encourage members to #drivethevote
Nov 4, 2016
Boston, November 4, 2016 – Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, today announced that it will make over 7,000 vehicles across the United States free for its members’ use on election night to encourage its members to get out and vote. Select vehicles will be free from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on November 8 in all markets in which Zipcar operates, including hundreds of cities and towns and over 500 college campuses.
Zipcar members can reserve a vehicle starting today for those select evening hours and are encouraged to carpool with friends and family members to #DRIVEtheVOTE. Zipcar selected the evening hours on election night to ensure that members who need to zip to the polls during the last few hours have free, easy access to transportation. Prospective members can join Zipcar’s service in minutes via downloading the Zipcar mobile app.
“At Zipcar, we know our community of Zipsters are actively engaged in civic affairs and passionate about issues, but may also need quick and easy access to transportation in order to vote. We decided to do our part to #DRIVEtheVOTE by making cars free,” said Andrew Daley, vice president of marketing. “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.”
Zipcar’s membership base ranges from 18 to 93 years of age, including a large number of Generation Z and Millennial members on over 500 college and university campuses. Zipcar encourages all of its members, including any first-time voters, to take an active role in this year’s election by sharing their commitment to #DRIVEtheVOTE.
To take advantage of this promotion, members can go to Zipcar’s website or mobile app to reserve free vehicles during the designated hours. For more information, please visit: www.zipcar.com/drivethevote.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network, driven by a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With its wide variety of self-service vehicles available by the hour or day, Zipcar operates in urban areas and university campuses in over 500 cities and towns across Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers the most comprehensive, most convenient and most flexible car sharing options available. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.
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Just A Few Days To Go, Have You Planned Your Trip?
November 4, 2016 Posted by Niki Christoff, Head of Federal Affairs
Election Day is less than a week away, do you know how you’re getting to the polling place to cast your ballot? Let Uber and Google help you get out to vote.
As part of our ongoing campaign to encourage users to vote, Uber is teaming up with Google to launch a special in-app feature on November 8th that will help you locate your polling location and then seamlessly request a ride with just a push of a button.
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. Teaming up with Google, Uber is excited to help make that trip as convenient and stress free as possible.
An in-app message will remind riders that it is Election Day and provide easy access to their polling place before helping them request a ride.
So plan ahead, let Uber and Google get you to your polling place, and, most importantly, get out to vote on November 8.
Are you new to Uber? Use the promotional code “VOTETODAY” to get $20 off your first ride.