This year’s presidential election is taking place in the middle of a pandemic, making it harder for states to find enough poll workers, register eligible voters, get people set up on mail-in ballots, or even make sure people make it to the polls.
So the tech companies behind some of the most popular apps are getting involved to make sure people can exercise their right to vote. For many of these initiatives, you don’t even have to leave the app you’ve already downloaded. You can’t actually vote in the apps, however.
Ride-hailing app Lyft is giving free rides to voters in underserved communities through several organizations: the Black Women’s Roundtable; the National Federation of the Blind; and the Student Veterans of America. These LyftUp partners will give out free codes to community members to ride to any polling place or ballot drop-off location. Read more…