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.