Lyft Launches 2022 LyftUp Voting Access Program
Lyft believes that every citizen who wants to exercise their fundamental right to vote should be able to do so — regardless of income, zip code, or political affiliation — and transportation access should never be a barrier. Continuing our longstanding commitment to reducing transportation barriers for voting, Lyft will once again provide access to donated and discounted rides to the polls during the upcoming election year.
Through the 2022 LyftUp Voting Access Program, Lyft will:
Provide access to discounted rides on Election Day (Tuesday, November 8, 2022) across the country.
Donate free or heavily discounted ride codes to nonprofit partners whose communities traditionally face barriers when getting to the polls. Partners include, but are not limited to: League of Women Voters, National Federation of the Blind, Warrior Scholar Project, National Council on Aging, Voto Latino Foundation, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), and NAACP. These partners will distribute ride codes directly to people in their networks whom they identify as most in need of transportation.
Work with partners like When We All Vote, Vote.org, and the Civic Alliance to help our riders and team members register and prepare to vote.
Provide relevant information and guidance to drivers who earn on the Lyft platform about registering to vote on time and when, where and how to vote during each stage of the election.
Although COVID-19 has changed the prevalence of vote-by-mail, the majority of Americans are still expected to vote in person during the upcoming elections, and transportation is expected to be an issue for many communities.
“Many Latino voters lack access to reliable transportation options that help them exercise their Constitutional rights on Election Day,” said Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino. “We’re excited that this partnership will make it easier for Black and Brown communities to cast their ballots and make their voices heard.”
“Too many older adults do not have transportation to get to polling stations and fully participate in our democracy,” said Ramsey Alwin, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging. “This is especially true of low-income seniors, communities of color, and those living in rural areas. Lyft's voting access program will help ensure that these older adults can make their voices heard where it matters—in the voting booth."
While our efforts to provide transportation access are crucial to the voters we’re able to reach, we also need strong federal legislation to counter the numerous campaigns nationwide to restrict voting rights. That’s why we are part of the Business for Voting Rights coalition and have actively supported the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would provide federal voting protections for all. Lyft is firmly opposed to any laws limiting voting by mail, reducing the number of days people can vote, or pushing any other restrictions on access for eligible voters -- particularly those disproportionately impacting Black and Brown communities.
At Lyft, we will continue to look for ways to make access to transportation less of a barrier to getting to the polls, and speak out against voting restrictions that make it harder for Americans to participate in their democracy.
Our Voting Access Program is part of our LyftUp initiative – a comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most. LyftUp bridges the most serious transportation gaps in cities across North America – using free and discounted rides to help address challenges like joblessness, food insecurity, and poor health.
At this stage in the election year, we are not offering a public ride code; instead, we’re working through nonprofit partners to distribute codes within communities most in need of access. We will share more information about our plans for how the broader public can participate in these efforts in the coming months.
Our Voting Access partners were chosen through a closed process. We are not accepting solicitations for new partners.
Promo codes, which will be distributed by our Voting Access partners, can be used for Lyft rides to polling locations, including registered dropbox locations if you are in an exclusively vote-by-mail state. Limited quantity available. Limit one per user. Lyft promo codes and discounts are offered in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and cannot be combined with other ride credit or offers. Offer of promo code is not intended to induce, nor is it conditioned on, the act of voting, or voting for or against any particular person or measure. Subject to Lyft's Terms of Service.