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Clarity on free rides to voting locations and expectations

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wraiththe
200 Driver
 Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

It is great that Uber and Lyft are helping people get to the voting booth, but it would be nice to have some clarity to ensure everyone is in the know on what is to be expected..

1) Is the ride to the voting location one way?

     If not, are the drivers expected to wait for a long time?  Drivers dont make much when not moving...   being asked to wait an hour for less than $3-$4 is unfair.

2) Will the riders be CLEARLY informed of these parameters?  (Riders often get a 1 when the passengers are upset, even when the reason is not driver related.  These ratings stick and are impossible to get retracted.)

3) Will voters get a free return trip home?  (...and will it also be explained that it is a trip home and not a shopping spree?)

It may seem cold, but these questions have to be asked.  It is great that we can be patriotic and help people vote, but it should not be at the expense of our reputations, the mercy of the unreasonable, or the opportunity expense or food taken out of the mouths of our children.

I would just appreciate some clarity and a heads up to the passengers.

That is not to much to ask, is it?

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    RedANT
    1075 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    The rides are ONE WAY.  Once you're dropped off, you're responsible for finding your own way home. 

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      wraiththe
      OP 200 Driver
       1 year ago

      Thanks RedANT, got a link to that information?  I might just print it out and laminate it.

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        RedANT
        1075 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        https://jalopnik.com/uber-and-lyft-are-offering-discounted-rides-to-get-peop-1829600559

        If you’re wondering about the legality of all of this, well it’s all fine and good as long as Uber and Lyft don’t incentivize you after voting. A Lyft representative described the legality of the initiative in an email to Jalopnik:

        This only applies to the ride to the polls. Voting is every citizen’s right, which means there are a number of regulations in place to protect against voter fraud or buying someone’s vote. There are strict rules against gifts or incentives, and providing free or discounted transportation back from the polls falls into that category. However, most polling locations are close to homes - making it easier to get back - whereas people may take the ride to the polls from their office or another neighborhood.

        So, while your ride to the polls may be 50 percent off, your ride back isn’t.

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          wraiththe
          OP 200 Driver
           1 year ago

          Joke right?  You gotta be kidding?  Does anyone have to even try to explain what is wrong with all that?  Nonsnese.

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          jeffsmith66
          41
           1 year ago

          Is the ride 50% off or free?

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            RedANT
            1075 Rider Driver
             1 year ago

            Uber - Free to polling place, you pay for the ride home.

            Lyft - Free in some areas, 50% off in other areas, for the trip to the polls.  You pay for the ride home.

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    Bigfrank
    433 Driver Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    Turn off app 

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    getpulse68
    18 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    The drivers are not expected to wait. It is just a one way trip, then the rider has to find a ride or way home.

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      wraiththe
      OP 200 Driver
       1 year ago

      I have actually written in to Lyft about this.  Every time the email me back, they do not include the original message, so I paste the history back in.  Every time I clarify, they evade.

      The only clarification I have gotten is that a description will be given in the passenger app when it is offered.  They implied that there would be a discount offered on all rides... they also said that waiting would be determined by the rider and the passenger as to how it benefitted them. 

       

      RedANT, the part I think is rediculous is the description in blue.  Gifts or incentives... are for buying someone's vote, not getting them to vote.  This refers to paying them to vote a specific way, not to vote how they want to.