Women Votes 2016 – a millennial led group – has launched a cool new app called Carpool2Vote that connects volunteer drivers with voters in need of a ride to the polls. Women Votes describes the purpose of this initiative as an effort “to ensure every woman, mom, grandmother (everyone) gets their chance to vote in #Election2016. Who better to help make this happen than ‘women’ who coined the phrase ‘carpool’?”
How to use the Carpool2Vote App:
The Carpool2Vote App is available for free download in the App Store as a public benefit to support voter turnout and help riders with a lift to the polls to cast their ballot in the general election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (and beyond).
Step 1: For DRIVERS who are heading to the polls — Simply utilize the apps capability to create a “Trip Profile” and “List” your trip with polling location, vehicle type, seats available, and time.
Step 2: For RIDERS — It’s easy and simple to navigate! Simply “Request a Carpool” by clicking on a vehicle within the map. You will select the number of seats you will need, and any special accommodations such as wheel chair access, etc.
Step 3: For DRIVERS and RIDERS — Our Carpool2Vote App also ensures the rider is getting in the correct vehicle driven by the correct driver through a very simple authentication solution that’s similar to the way warehouses work. Each driver will be issued a unique barcode based on their license plate and driver’s license.
When the driver’s car arrives, that barcode will be displayed on the driver’s phone, and the rider can quickly take a picture of the driver’s barcode to ensure they are getting into the right vehicle. If the driver is who they should be, the passenger will receive a confirmation sound (beep) and vibration after they “scan.” If the driver is not correct, there will be an alert on the passenger’s phone.
Step 4: Your vote is your voice! Please show you care by volunteering as a driver, spreading the word, and reaching out to your neighbors and friends to help inspire social and civic engagement.
I just downloaded the app and am looking forward to volunteering to drive voters in Arlington, Va, to the polls on Election Day! Learn more about this great initiative here! And download the app in your App Store today!