It’s time to get out there and vote in the 2022 midterm elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 8.
Although this is not a presidential election year, these midterm contests, focused on local races and seats in Congress and governors, will affect the entire country. The ideological balance of the Senate and House of Representatives may change after the vote is complete.
That is why all voters must be able to get to the polls and cast their ballots. However, in 2016, studies showed that more than 15 million eligible voters said they did not vote, mainly because they were unable to go to the polls.
If you don’t have transportation, you can still do your civic duty and vote at your local polling place.
Various organizations and rideshare companies will offer free or heavily discounted transportation to the polls. Here’s how to find them and what to expect.
Find a volunteer to take you for free
If you don’t have a car or don’t have easy access to public transportation, several organizations are here to help. Rideshare2Vote helps voters who need transportation get to their local polling places for free. The organization’s motto is “Everyone deserves to have their voice heard.”
Ridshare2Vote is available in nine states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.
If you live in one of these states and have a car, you can also volunteer to drive others to the polls.
Lyft to the polls for voters
For the 2022 midterm elections, Lyft is offering discounted (but not free) car, bike, and scooter rides to help get voters to the polls.
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Riders can preload the code “VOTE22” into their Lyft accounts before or on Election Day to receive a 50% discount. Passengers can use the code from 5 am to 10 pm in each time zone to get a discount of up to $10. Riders can preload or activate the code directly in the Lyft app or the app of participating local bikeshare programs.
Please note that the discount does not apply to the tip and cannot be applied to business accounts.
As part of the company’s LyftUp Voting Access 2022 program, you may be eligible for free or even deeper discounted rides through Lyft’s nonprofit partners, particularly in communities that traditionally face barriers to getting to the polls, Lyft says. . Some of these partners include the League of Women Voters, the National Federation of the Blind, the Warrior Scholar Project, the National Council on Aging, the Voto Latino Foundation, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, and the NAACP. These partners will distribute ride codes directly to people in their networks whom they identify as most in need of transportation.
Related: Easy ways to earn extra rewards on Lyft rides
Uber rides for poll workers
For free and fair elections to take place, polling places need poll workers on Election Day. If you’re working one of these temporary jobs, you can get a free ride to and from the polling place through Uber’s partnership with Power the Polls.
“Signing up to be a poll worker is a great way for eligible Americans to engage in civic responsibility and contribute to their communities,” CR Wooters, Uber’s head of federal affairs, said in a press release.
According to the release, the travel vouchers will cover the full cost of travel up to $200 to and from the poll worker’s assigned polling place. Poll workers must register with Power the Polls.
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Register to vote and know your polling place
Now that you’ve found your ride, take a few minutes to find your polling place, familiarize yourself with your local ballot options, and check your voter registration.
Visit Ballotpedia to see your local candidates and research local issues.
Many states require you to register to vote before Election Day, but there are 20 states, plus Washington, DC, that allow you to register and vote on the same day. You can find out what rules exist in your state on the National Conference of State Legislatures website.
If you’re not sure if you’re already registered to vote, check your status on VoteAmerica.
Additional reporting by Katherine Fan.