There are many excuses not to vote but getting to the polling place isn’t one.
In the Madison area, free rides to the polls are available via both Common Cause and Union Cab.
Union Cab is again offering gratis round-trip rides from a voter’s place of residence to their polling place and back. The worker-owned company on its website touts the rides as part of its commitment to democracy.
“This is a non-partisan effort on the part of Union Cab,” the cab company says. “Our interest is to help people in our community exercise their right to vote.”
For those worried about a getting a pitch on who to vote for, Union maintains its drivers are professional and “will refrain from discussing politics during election days.”
Union lists Community Car, Community Pharmacy and Isthmus Engineering as sponsors of the service, which is available in Madison, Middleton, Monona, Sun Prairie, Shorewood, Maple Bluff and Fitchburg.
Madison’s Badger Cab had offered a similar service in past elections but dropped it following the 2012 election. Green Cab is not offering a free ride service.
Common Cause in Wisconsin is also offering a free ride service to many communities in the Madison using volunteer groups and individuals. Among Madison area drivers listed by Common Cause is former Wisconsin Public Radio host Jean Feraca.
Lyft, the smart phone ride-share service, isn't giving away free trips to the polls but is offering new users $10 off their first ride via a "Rock the Vote" new user code.