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Uber, Lyft Offering Free and Discounted Rides on Midterm Election Day

By Talbert Toole
Lifestyles Editor
talbert.toole@hottytoddy.com

Photo courtesy of Uber.

The 2018 midterm elections are a month away. Voting begins Nov. 6, and registered voters are faced with retaining the same party seats or overturning them. 

According to the Pew Research Center, 57.6 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election, and Uber is now advocating for more citizens to vote in the midterm elections by implementing several features—providing resources to register voters, finding each customer’s respective polling station, and booking free rides to the polling stations.

Uber partnered with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide these rides to its customer base.

Photo via Uber.

“At Uber, we want to do our part, too—by helping voters register and get to the polls on Election Day,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a blog post.

Uber has also partnered with When We All Vote in effort to provide its customers with tools for simplifying the registration process. The tools are shared with the business’s customer base through the Uber app.

Uber’s competitor, Lyft, will also be offering discounted rides and polling services to its customers.

Lyft will offer 50 percent off rides across the country along with free rides to underserved communities that face significant obstacles for transportation, especially to their respective polling stations, according to a press release.

Photo via Lyft.

The company has partnered with Vote.org, Nonprofit Vote, TurboVote and many other organizations in order to distribute 50 percent off promo codes to Lyft patrons for this year’s midterm elections.

The company, like Uber, has also integrated a product into its app to help customers find their respective polling stations.

Mississippi is one of the many states, such as Texas, that could possibly flip from being led by a majority of Republicans to Democrats.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was recently backed by President Trump in Southaven this week, faces Mike Espy (D) and Chris McDaniel (R) for the former Senator Thad Cochran’s seat in the Capitol.

Here is who Mississippians can expect to vote for on Nov. 6, 2018:

Mississippi U.S. Senate Sr.

David Baria
U.S. Senate (MS)
Sr
(Running)
Democratic

Danny Bedwell
U.S. Senate (MS)
Sr
(Running)
Libertarian

Shawn O’Hara
U.S. Senate (MS)
Sr
(Running)
Reform

Roger Wicker
U.S. Senate (MS)
Sr Incumbent
(Running)
Republican

Mississippi U.S. Senate Jr (Special Election)

Tobey Bartee
U.S. Senate (MS)
Jr (Special Election)
(Running)
Non-partisan

Mike Espy
U.S. Senate (MS)
Jr (Special Election)
(Running)
Democratic

Cindy Hyde-Smith
U.S. Senate (MS)
Jr (Special Election) Incumbent
(Running)
Republican

Chris McDaniel
U.S. Senate (MS)
Jr (Special Election)
(Running)
Republican

Mississippi U.S. House District 1

Trent Kelly
U.S. House (MS)
District 1 Incumbent
(Running)
Republican

Tracella O’Hara Hill
U.S. House (MS)
District 1
(Running)
Reform

Randy Wadkins
U.S. House (MS)
District 1
(Running)
Democratic

Mississippi U.S. House District 2

Irving Harris
U.S. House (MS)
District 2
(Running)
Reform

Troy Ray
U.S. House (MS)
District 2
(Running)
Independent

Bennie Thompson
U.S. House (MS)
District 2 Incumbent
(Running)
Democratic

Mississippi U.S. House District 3

Michael Evans
U.S. House (MS)
District 3
(Running)
Democratic

Michael Guest
U.S. House (MS)
District 3
(Running)
Republican

Matthew Holland
U.S. House (MS)
District 3
(Running)
Reform

Mississippi U.S. House District 4

Jeramey Anderson
U.S. House (MS)
District 4
(Running)
Democratic

Lajena Sheets
U.S. House (MS)
District 4
(Running)
Reform


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