Lyft, Uber, Zipcar, Maven offer Election Day rides
Lyft, Uber, Zipcar and Maven are offering special deals to help their users get to the polls Tuesday.(Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP)
Attention millennials, especially those living in cities.
Don't panic if it comes down to late Tuesday afternoon. There are no excuses for not voting. Not work hours. Not weather. Not lack of wheels.
Uber, Lyft, Google, Zipcar and Maven are offering special discounts or promotions to enable voters of all ages to get to their polling places on time.
Uber and Google are offering an "in-app" feature that will help you locate your polling location and then seamlessly request a ride with just the push of a button.
When you open the Uber app Tuesday, you'll see a reminder to get out and vote.
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Then by tapping the "Find Your Polling Place" button, which takes you a site with a Google-generated list of nearest polling stations. Next step: requesting a ride to get there.
If you have managed to never take an Uber and will be requesting a ride for the first time, enter the code VOTETODAY to get $20 off.
Lyft, in recognition that we are electing the nation's 45th president, will offer a 45% discount on one ride between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. for metro Detroit passengers. All Detroit Lyft users can access this promotion through the Deal of the Week e-mail they receive Sunday night.
If you've never used Lyft before, just download the app and use the code NOVEMBER8TH to receive $5 off your first 10 rides.
On the car-sharing front, Zipcar will make 74 cars available for free between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday night. But remember, polls close at 8 p.m.
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One must be a Zipcar member to use the service. Members can reserve free Zipcars on the mobile app or online starting today through Tuesday. New members can join instantly by downloading the app.
Zipcar spokeswoman Katelyn Chesley said there will be 26 free cars at the company's stations in the city of Detroit, one at Metro Airport, three in Dearborn, one in Flint, and 43 in Ann Arbor.
General Motors' Maven ride-sharing business will offer $5 off all day, according to GM spokeswoman Annalisa Bluhm.
No one, however, will be able to complete his or her ballot by app. That must be done the old-school way.
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This is from 7:11 p.m. EDT November 4, 2016 by Greg Gardner , Detroit Free Press