by Joe Deshotel, RideAustin and Nicole Wild Merl, Carpool2Vote

October 24, 2016

Today is the first day to Early Vote in the November 8th Election and RideAustin is working to increase civic engagement and ensure mobility challenges do not prevent Austinites from exercising their right to vote.

New users of RideAustin can download the app and use promo code “TECHVOTES” for $10 in ride credit. In order to accommodate voters who need a free ride to and from their voting location we have partnered with WomenVotes, who have created the free app Carpool2Vote that matches volunteer drivers to riders who need rides to the polls. The app is available on iOS and Android and RideAustin is encouraging our 3,000+ drivers to sign up and donate a few rides while the polls are open. RideAustin staff members will register to deliver free rides as well.

More information on these programs can be found on the TechVotes and League of Women Voters websites.

“This is a great opportunity to give back to the community by increasing awareness and access to the political system. Austin has the resources and talent to solve our biggest social challenges and this is just a preview of what we we can do when we work together.” -Joe Deshotel, Community Engagement RideAustin

“We thank RideAustin and TechVotes for encouraging everyone to download the free Carpool2Vote app today. Everyone needs to vote and take part in history.” – Nicole Wild and Thomas Cook, Co-founders, Women Votes and Carpool2Vote

RideAustin is also proud to join the TechVotes coalition in partnership with the Austin Technology Council Policy Coalition and the Austin Tech Alliance for the first biennial TechVotes Rally, Today from 5pm to 7pm at Capital Factory. The event is part of a growing movement by local tech and community leaders to increase civic engagement in elections and public policy.

Speakers include:

  • Austin Mayor Steve Adler
  • Ainee Athar,
  • Joshua Baer, Capital Factory
  • Barbary Brunner, ATC
  • Erin Defosse, Aceable, TechVotes
  • Joe Deshotel, RideAustin
  • David Edmonson, Austin Tech Alliance
  • Dan Graham, Notley Ventures
  • Jennifer Houlihan, Austin Music People
  • Michael Kanin, Austin Monitor
  • Joseph Kopser, moovel Group
  • Thomas Visco, BVE Partners

Women Votes and #Carpool2Vote are bi-partisan initiatives whose mission is to empower women to vote and run for elected office. To further spread the word, Carpool2Vote is being promoted by AMC Networks Inc., which will support outreach and inspire civic engagement through online support on its corporate website and network websites. AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television: AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv.

Co-founded by Nicole Wild Merl and Thomas Cook, Carpool2Vote is a digital platform of The blog and social platforms, which were created by the first-ever virtual Education Cooperative from Northeastern University College of Professional Studies for the public benefit. The app was designed by Justin Insalaco, the CEO of 3BDreams, with the help of his team including Chief Architect, Matt Young, and Advisor Will Donovan.

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