Uber, Google want to make it really easy to vote

Uber and Google really want you to vote on Tuesday, so they're teaming up to make it really easy to get to and from the polling place to cast your ballot.

As part of Uber's ongoing campaign to encourage riders and drivers to vote, the ride-sharing company and Google will "launch a special in-app feature on November 8th that will help you locate your polling location and then seamlessly request a ride with just a push of a button," Niki Christoff, head of federal affairs at Uber, said in a statement.

Anyone who opens the app on Election Day will see a pop-up reminder to get out and vote. If users push the button that says "Find Your Polling Place," they will be taken to a web page that helps locate the closest polling station before requesting a ride to get there.

The Polling Place finder is powered by Google and uses its Civic Information API, which provides early vote locations, polling place location data, the hours of operation and ballot information.

If people are new to Uber, they can use the promotional code "VOTETODAY" to get $20 off their first ride.

Uber's competitor Lyft has also joined the effort to help people vote. The company teamed up with super PAC My Ride to Vote and Voto Latino to provide people across the nation with free rides to polling places.


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