There are a number of options for you to safely cast your ballot this election.
If you don’t want to send your ballot through the mail but you need a ride to get to a county elections office for “over-the-counter” voting or submit your mail-in or absentee ballot, or to your polling location on Election Day (November 3), rest assured there are a number of good options.
Wondering if getting in a car with a stranger is safe during this pandemic? Here are some excellent RIDE-SHARING COVID PROTECTION GUIDELINES from B-PEP (The Black Political Empowerment Project):
- No mask, no ride: drivers and riders should both wear a mask, securely in place.
- Sanitize your hands upon entering the car.
- Sit only in the backseat passenger side for maximum distance.
- Roll down your window for maximum airflow.
- Limit to one rider per car or three per van.
For personal safety, before getting into a car, make sure your driver has told you their name and knows your name.
4 Free and Discounted Ride Options
Check on friends/neighbors who might need a ride to the polls. Let them know about these groups.
Some gentle reminders: Be patient when requesting or waiting for a ride. Don’t do anything to distract the driver during the ride. Thank your driver.
1. B-PEP: Roll to the Polls
B-PEP will provide voters anywhere in Allegheny County with FREE rides to the Elections Office downtown Monday-Friday, to the satellite voting offices on October 24 & 25, and to the polls on Election Day (November 3).
B-PEP will maintain the limit of one rider per car or three per van, and will provide drivers and riders with each other’s names. Sanitizing wipes will be provided to drivers upon request.
2. VEEEM Pittsburgh (Voter Empowerment Education and Enrichment Movement)
TAMV is providing Allegheny County voters in the Mon Valley (McKeesport, Duquesne, Braddock, Rankin, West Mifflin, Clairton, Whitaker, etc.) with FREE rides via Lyft, Uber, or volunteer drivers. Rides are available to the Satellite Voting Office at CCAC South Campus in West Mifflin on October 24 & 25, and to the polls on Election Day (November 3).
4. Uber and Lyft
These private ride-sharing companies are offering voters discounted rides to the polls on Election Day (November 3).
Thank you to janet jai for compiling the ride-sharing info, graphics, and safety guidelines. jai is a nonfiction writer and a poet-artist. Vision and Values is jai‘s firm (as well as her publishing press). Founded in 1996, it is dedicated to “Communications That Make a Difference.”