At Uber, we believe every eligible American citizen should have access to vote, and we know that we are uniquely positioned to help move people to the polls. That’s why we’ve announced a national ‘Get Out The Vote’ campaign to help the communities we serve and our employees exercise their right to vote this Election Day.
As we quickly approach the 2020 Presidential Election during what continues to be an unprecedented year, we’re working to ensure every eligible American citizen, regardless of what barriers they face, has access to vote. That means riders, drivers, eaters, delivery people, and those who don’t use our platform, too. Ahead of the Election and National Voter Registration Day on September 22, we’re focused on three core areas to help get folks registered and ready to vote:
- In-App Voter Registration & Vote-by-Mail Ballot Requests: With an estimated 38-50M unregistered eligible voters in the United States and two-thirds of Americans saying they’re uncomfortable voting in-person with COVID-19, Uber teamed up with TurboVote to help riders, eaters, drivers, and delivery people register to vote or request a vote-by-mail ballot through the Uber and Uber Eats apps. Register now with Turbovote →
- Poll Finding & Ride Promos: We know that in 2016, 14% of eligible voters noted transportation as a barrier to voting. That’s why on Election Day, we will help people find their polling location within the Uber app and offer discounted rides to and from the polls.
- Powering the Polls: This year, there is a shortage of poll workers; the majority of poll workers are over 60 years old and cannot sign up due to COVID-19. As a result, more than 500,000 new volunteers may be required to keep the polls open. So as a founding member of Power the Polls, Uber is encouraging people to volunteer as poll workers and we’ve partnered with several organizations including Civic Alliance, National Voter Registration Day, Vote Early Day, and Time to Vote to do so. Sign up now with Power the Polls →
“As we look ahead to this year’s election, we are committed to doing our part to make sure every citizen has access to vote,” Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said. “We hope that by giving people the ability to easily register to vote and request an absentee ballot via the Uber and Uber Eats apps, independent workers—and everyone who uses our platform—will have a stronger voice in our democracy. And in addition to providing resources on the Uber and Uber Eats platforms to help individuals register to vote and get to the polls, we are proud to announce that we are also giving employees the day off, feeding people in line to vote, and looking into other ways to unite the communities we serve on Election Day,” Khosrowshahi added.
“At TurboVote, we provide Americans with the information they need to vote with confidence – no matter what. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with Uber,” said Mike Ward, VP of Voter Engagement, Democracy Works. “With our in-app integration in both the Uber and Uber Eats apps, we’re making it easier than ever for millions of riders, drivers, eaters and delivery people register to vote or request an absentee ballot.”
Lauren Kunis, Program Director of National Voter Registration Day, added, “With COVID-19 resulting in the loss of millions of voter registrations by the month, registering new voters is now more important than ever before. If we want to see record-setting turnout this fall, we need to see record-setting voter registration right now. It’s going to take all of us to make that happen, and we applaud Uber’s steadfast commitment to getting eligible voters registered on this year’s September 22 National Voter Registration Day and beyond.”
“Vote Early Day is thrilled to welcome Uber as a Premier Partner. Over 200 million Americans have options to vote early in the upcoming election. As part of this partnership, Uber will celebrate the inaugural Vote Early Day on October 24th, 2020 to ensure that eligible voters take advantage of their options to vote early – in-person or by-mail,” Joey Wozniak, Project Director of Vote Early Day added.
Steven Levine, Director of the Civic Alliance, said: “We are proud to call Uber a member company of the Civic Alliance. From promoting the 2020 Census to encouraging its community to vote, Uber is demonstrating strong civic leadership among companies in 2020. With today’s announcement reaffirming the company’s commitment to empower and support its communities, the company is helping more Americans shape our country’s future.”
“Pizza to the Polls is psyched to team up with Uber Eats to deliver some tasty treats to voters waiting to cast a ballot,” says Scott Duncombe, co-founder of Pizza to the Polls. “We know waiting in line is difficult – we’ll deliver snacks to make it better.”
We are proud to use our technology to help eligible Americans get safely to the polls this Election Day. As Election Day nears, you will be able to access important information in the Uber and Uber Eats apps, and we will share more updates on how we will be supporting the community – please continue to check back here.
If you need help getting registered or finding a way to vote safely and securely this year, listen to our Get Out the Vote podcast here.