Voters on Tuesday can take a free bus ride to the polls, or get a discount on a ride-sharing service.
RideKC is offering free fares on its buses all day Nov. 6 to make it easier for citizens to vote in the midterm elections.
“Exercising the right to vote is so important that we want to make it as easy as possible to get to the polls,” Kansas City Area Transportation Authority President and CEO Robbie Makinen said on the bus service website. “We are grateful to our regional transit partners in Johnson County, Independence and Kansas City, Kan., for agreeing to again make this a truly regional initiative.”
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First, determine your polling location by calling or visiting your election authority’s website. Then you can find route information by using the “RideKC” app, by calling 816-221-0660 or by using the transit planner on the RideKC website.
Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services are offering discounted rides to voting places.
“Your vote is what drives democracy forward,” tweeted Uber, which is offering a 10 percent discount to the polls.
Lyft, another ride-share service, has partnered with several agencies and is offering an even higher discount.
“It is estimated that over 15 million people were registered but didn’t vote in 2016 because of transportation issues,” Lyft said on its site. “That’s why we’re committed to providing 50% off rides across the country, and free rides to underserved communities that face significant obstacles to transportation.”
For instance, according to a Voto Latino tweet, voters can text “Vote VL” to 73179 to find out if free rides are offered in their area. Users can also visit https://blog.lyft.com/posts/2018/8/22/get-out-the-vote to find a discount code to use for their ride.
Polls in Kansas are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Polls in Missouri are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Other businesses are also offering deals throughout the day to promote democracy. According to Thrillist, Shake Shack will offer free fries to anyone who shows up with an “I voted” sticker.
Here are some other restaurant deals available Tuesday to those wearing “I voted” stickers.
▪ Brookside Barrio, Brookside: A complimentary queso, or a complimentary margarita with food purchase for those 21 years old or older.
▪ Coco Bolos in Overland Park’s Prairiefire is offering free queso, dine in only.
▪ Decadent A Coffee and Dessert Bar, Overland Park: free cookie
▪ Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Power & Light District: 10 percent off food order.
▪ Hopcat, Westport: free Crack fries
▪ Zocalo, Country Club Plaza: A complimentary queso, or a complimentary margarita with food purchase for those 21 years old or older.
According to Nation’s Restaurant News, some election scholars contend that promotions tied to voting could be seen as offering a reward or benefit to win votes for one candidate or another.