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Uber and Lyft offering discounted rides to polls on Election Day

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft both said they will offer discounted rides to the polls in Hawaii on Election Day.

Lyft said it is offering passengers 50 percent off any standard ride to a polling location as part of its Get Out the Vote promotion. The discount is available via a promo code in the Lyft app for one-way rides to polls in its service areas on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island.

Uber said voters can get $10 off a single ride to vote or drop off their ballots wherever its service is available in Hawaii. The discount is part of an “Uber Drives the Vote” initiative using technology to help Americans get to the polls on Election Day, and to improve access to voting for people who cite transportation barriers as a reason for not voting.

Uber riders would enter the promotional code VOTE2018 in the most updated version of its app, and request a ride using its polling place locator.

“In past elections, people have cited transportation as one of the top reasons why they didn’t vote,” said Rob Mora, market manager for Lyft Hawaii, in a news release. “At Lyft, our objective is to improve lives by connecting people and their communities through quality transportation. Every voice is important, and we want everyone in Hawaii to be able to exercise their right to vote.”

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