On Election Day, Lyft is helping voters head to the polls at a discount by car, bike, or scooter, marking the first time alternative transportation options are included in their efforts.
Customers who need a ride to the polls can use code 2020VOTE on Nov. 3 for 50% off one ride up to $10, the company shared with Travel + Leisure. And this year, the offer is valid on Lyft scooter rides or Lyft-operated bike shares in select cities as well. The code is valid from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time.
“Transportation should never be a barrier to getting to the polls, no matter how you choose to cast your ballot on Election Day – especially for those in underserved areas and those who need it most,” Anthony Foxx, Lyft’s chief policy officer, said in a statement provided to T+L.
In addition to offering discounted rides, the rideshare company teamed up with More Than A Vote, an initiative powered by Black athletes and artists to turn arenas and sports facilities into polling locations. To help, Lyft will provide rides to arena polling locations in Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Milwaukee, Orlando, and Philadelphia.
Lyft will also provide free ride codes to underserved areas that need them through partnerships with local community groups, and has joined groups like Vote.org to help tens of thousands of people make a transportation plan for voting.
Michael Tyler, the EVP of public affairs for More Than A Vote, said the effort is “making it easier for voters in key population centers to exercise their right to vote this fall."
When a rider gets in a Lyft car, they will notice several COVID-19 safety protocols in place, including that both drivers and riders are required to wear masks as well as agree to a Personal Health Certification.
Lyft isn't alone in trying to make voting and access to polls easier as the country gears up for the 2020 election. Fellow rideshare company Uber is also offering discounted rides to the polls, and partnering with Pizza to the Polls to feed hungry voters waiting in long lines.
And car rental company Hertz is giving renters one day free when they reserve a car for two days and pick up their cars on Nov. 2 or 3.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures <a href="https://www.instagram.com/alisonwrites/">on Instagram.
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