Friends, family, readers…while I think most should know by now, there is a wee bit of an important election coming up in the United States, Tuesday, November 6th. While mid term elections can sometimes take a “back seat” to presidential year elections, this one has important ramifications for millions of citizens in the Country.
The Census is coming up again in 2020, and could have ramifications on policy for years to come depending on governorships in the various states.
While reports are coming out that many have already voted, there is an equal amount of reports that it may be quite difficult for millions to vote for a various amount of reasons. One of them involves transportation to the polls. Thankfully, companies Uber, Lyft and Lime are all offering discounts for customers to be able to get transportation to the polls on Tuesday.
Lyft is offering 50% off on Election Day. Enter your zip code for the promo code.
Uber is offering $10 off a single ride to the polls on Election Day on the most affordable Uber option available in your city. Look for the Election Day code in your app on Election Day.
Lime is offering free rides in 100 cities on bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Download the app and use code LIME2VOTE18.
Earlier this week, I released a podcast episode about how many young people were not planning to vote this year, finding it too much of a hassle to vote, but one of the main reasons being they couldn’t find where to get a stamp. This SHOULD NOT be an issue for such an important matter. You can get them at the post office, your local grocery store, pharmacies, banks, and more.
And remember, depending on where you live, your ballot must be either postmarked OR received by November 6th. Look up the rules in your state here.
If you have already voted early, or mailed back in your ballot, great! However, you may have many friends or family who haven’t yet. Check in with them!
Also, while you hopefully won’t have this happen, if you have any problem voting, call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) from your polling place to get immediate help so your vote is properly cast and counted. Then report the problem to Trust The Vote which is mapping all voting problems to look for patterns so local reporters can investigate them.
In closing, remember that elections have been won and lost by a mere vote. Regardless of which side of the aisle you lean, there is one thing that we should ALL unite behind, and that is voting. There should be no reason for stories about a lack of turnout.
Vote like your life depends on it. Because it does.