When it comes to showing up at the polls to vote in midterm elections, L.A. County residents don’t have a great track record. According to the L.A. Times, in 2014, our voter turnout rate was the lowest in all of California at 31 percent. Which is pretty dismal.
But as a Metro announcement pointed out, “Recent studies have shown that a lack of transportation is one factor for people who do not vote. The lack of access to transportation disproportionately impacts minority voters, people with low incomes, persons with disabilities and younger voters.”
There are lots of reasons people eschew the opportunity to engage in democracy in between presidential elections, but transit authorities all over the region are doing their best to make sure that lack of transportation isn’t one of them.
From 12:01 a.m. till 11:59 p.m. on November 6, catching a ride on any Metro bus or rail line is completely free—all six rail lines and 2,200 buses, all day long. And other local transit authorities followed suit: LADOT Transit (that’s DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride), Long Beach Transit, Pasadena Transit, Santa Clarita Transit, and Access Services are all offering free service tomorrow.
Other ride deals? Uber is offering $10 off with the promo code VOTE2018; Lyft is offering 50 percent off rides on Tuesday (submit your zip here for a code); and Lime is offering 30 minutes free on their electric scooters with the code LIME2VOTE18.
Oh and if you don’t know where to go, no sweat: finding your polling place is as easy as entering your address in a tool on the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s site.
No excuses. Go vote.
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