According to Pew Research Center, 3 percent of all registered voters in the 2016 presidential election didn’t vote because of issues with transportation.
Three percent doesn’t sound like a lot, but that is approximately 15 million people that were registered to vote, but didn’t.
This year, ride share companies won’t let transportation problems be an excuse. Lyft, Uber and Lime are offering discounts on Election Day travel.
You can look up your polling place here, and request a ride to go vote before 7 p.m. tonight.
Senior political science major Meredith Kuykendall doesn’t think transportation is to blame for turnout rates, but lack of motivation. “I think the biggest challenge people face on Election Day is finding the time to go vote,” she said.
Lyft is offering 50 percent off or up to five-dollar-off rides across the country.
Uber is providing ten dollars off a single ride to the polls. Enter the code “vote 2018” to the most updated version of the app to get the discount.
Voters can also hop on a bike or scooter from Lime. Unlock a free trip by entering the code “lime2vote18” in the app. Lime has rides in more than 100 U.S. cities. Your free ride will last for up to 30 minutes, plenty of time to make it to and possibly from your polling location.
“It’s a good idea, but I’m not sure how effective it will be in the grand scheme of things,” Kuykendall said. “Most people I know who went to vote today went with friends or in groups.”