RideAustin Partners for Tech Rally and Carpool2Vote

RideAustin Partners for Tech Rally and Carpool2Vote

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, FWD.us
  • 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 WomenVotes.org 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.

Carpool2Vote Countdown To Election Day

Carpool2Vote Countdown To Election Day

Very soon we will know who will be the next president of the United States. With the countdown to the election in full force, modern politics has combined with technology to help shape the social landscape with Carpool2Vote.com and the first-ever free ride-sharing app to the polls. The non-partisan app seeks to empower women voters and increase voter turnout by connecting voters needing a ride to the polls and by inspiring civic engagement.

To celebrate we are launching the Women Votes Youtube Channel today with a power series of public service announcements created by the Fall 2016 Class at the Washington Media Institute to further help spread the word and share their millennial voices. See our official launch videos below:

Why You Should Vote In This Election >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg7sqbnlqWE

How To Use The Carpool2Vote App >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AaE-aJMzw8

Get To Your Voting Booth For Free >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGw1AAZCXdc

A Call To Action is now in progress to recruit drivers and riders across the United States to download the Carpool2Vote app and sign up.

As a volunteer-based initiative, the more drivers that exist means the more people Carpool2Vote can help to the polls on November 8th.

DOWNLOAD NOW >>. It’s FREE (Carpool2Vote)

On the APP Store or get it on GOOGLE Play

Our goal is to reach ten thousand users across America, that is ten thousand users who may not have voted. We’ve got this. Your support will mean we can bring our project from pure passion to scale!

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  1. Download the Carpool2Vote FREE app on the App Store or on Google Play
  2. Sign up as a volunteer DRIVER and/or RIDER to help on election day
  3. Follow us on Twitter/Facebook @Carpool2Vote @WomenVotes and share the app with your friends
  4. Subscribe to the Women Votes YouTube Channel = our goal is to reach 1,000 subscribers by Monday
  5. Be proud to make a difference in #Election2016!

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 WomenVotes.org 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.

DECA Encourages High School Support of Carpool2Vote

DECA Encourages High School Support of Carpool2Vote

DECA.org Reaches Out To High Schools Across America To Support Carpool2Vote

“For over 70 years, DECA has been preparing young women and men for success in college, careers and their personal lives. Integral to that preparation is instilling the importance of service and a responsibility to their local and broader communities. Without question, voting is one of our most important community responsibilities. The decisions made by our elected officials impact every aspect of our lives. Voting alone, however, isn’t enough. We need to encourage others to vote and even help them turn out. That’s why DECA is so proud to support Carpool2Vote. It’s such an brilliant example of service and the very best way to make sure that our country is prepared to provide our young women and men with opportunities to succeed in college, careers and personal lives.” 

 

Official statement: DECA.org

Free Ride To The Polls, WomenVotes Takes You There

Free Ride To The Polls, WomenVotes Takes You There

By MONIQUE MORROW

Over the last year, I have had the opportunity of working together with a dynamic duo known as Nicole Wild Merl and Thomas Cook, co-founders of WomenVotes.org and the Carpool2Vote app to the polls. I was delighted and honored to be part of featuring them in our newly released book “The Internet of Women, Accelerating Culture Change”. How timely it is for this Carpool2Vote app to be available as a public benefit and for FREE.

WomenVotes.org is a successful organization that empowers women to vote and run for elected office. It is crucial this election year that everyone exercises their right to vote. It is with great enthusiasm that I am able to share with you the following information about this initiative.

URL for Carpool2Vote App https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carpool2vote/id1159855268?ls=1&mt=8.

Free Ride To The Polls: WomenVotes Takes You There – Forbes http://bit.ly/2eBaYMf

“Voting is your duty and your vote does count. Do not think for one minute that your vote does not matter. Look what happened in the United Kingdom, e.g. BREXIT, a larger category of people did not vote largely millennials. They did not understand what was at stake and the implications to their daily lives. You can make a difference always in exercising your right to vote!”

Sincerely,

MONIQUE MORROW
CTO – Evangelist New Frontiers, Development & Engineering at CISCO
Co-editor, The Internet of Women, Accelerating Culture Change

Nationwide Collaboration to Enhance Voter Turnout

Nationwide Collaboration to Enhance Voter Turnout

YOUR FREEDOM TO VOTE IS A RESPONSIBILITY
Walk2Vote and Carpool2Vote Announce Nationwide Collaboration to Enhance Voter Turnout

By John Locke @Walk2Vote and Nicole Wild Merl @Carpool2Vote

Washington, DC/ Houston, TX, — Walk2Vote.com, a student led nationwide voting initiative created by the students at the University of Houston Downtown to connect and empower young voters announced today it is partnering with Carpool2Vote.com, the first-ever free ride share app to the polls with the goal of enhancing nationwide voter turnout through the use of technology and community support. Together, we will empower the community to unite our voices and get our citizens more involved in our democracy!

We can all agree, this presidential election is way too important for anyone to stay home because of lack of interest in the political process or because they couldn’t get to the polls. Now a model for schools nationwide, Walk2Vote.com seeks to not only encourage student and youth voting but to educate future generations of voters in the hopes of creating a sustainable interest in the political process on a local, state and national level. The 26th Amendment guarantees youth the right to vote. Walk2Vote.com helps them and their community to go out and do it!” said John Locke, Chair of the Houston Local Walk2Vote and founder of national Walk2Vote.com.

Carpool2Vote.com is a digital platform of The WomenVotes.org blog and social channels. Co-founders Nicole Wild Merl and Thomas Cook, shared “We are very proud of our collaboration with Walk2Vote.com. By joining forces with Walk2Vote.com we seek to build our community and network of high school and college age women and caring organizations who want and can make a difference. Our purpose is to empower women to vote and run for elected office and ensure every woman, mom, grandmother (everyone) gets their chance to vote in #Election2016 .”

Locke, further explains: “Our mission is to inspire people to vote and to go beyond just voting but volunteering and really engaging through the process. That is why I am really excited to partner with Carpool2Vote because it gives people away to engage, support their communities and #VoteTogether.”

A CALL TO ACTION is now in progress to increase voter turnout in the general election on November 8, 2016. Walk2Vote.com and Carpool2Vote.com need your help to outreach to college students, high school, and women and men across the country to join together; and,

  • Encourage students and youth to “Walk2Vote” in the general election en masse;
  • Ensure individuals needing a ride to the polls know they have free Carpool2Vote App; and
  • Recruit volunteers to drive as well as individuals to sign up now to carpool to vote.

“Voting is your duty and your vote does count.  Do not think for one minute that your vote does not matter.  Look what happened in the United Kingdom, e.g. BREXIT, a larger category of people did not vote largely millennials. They did not understand what was at stake and the implications to their daily lives. You can make a difference always in exercising your right to vote!” said Monique Morrow reminding us your freedom to vote is a responsibility.

 

 

CALL TO ACTION

CALL TO ACTION

by Women Votes

cp2v-350x250-v01Can you carpool with someone to vote on November 8th? Do you need a ride to the polls?
 
This election is too important for anyone to stay home because they couldn’t get to the polls!
 
Carpool2Vote is the first-ever FREE ride share app to the polls. Now available for download in the App Store (Carpool2Vote).
 
Very soon we will know who the next president of the United States will be. WomenVotes.org needs your help to outreach to women and men across the country to join together to make sure that individuals have a free app to get people to the polls to vote and enough volunteer drivers on general election day.
 
A call to action is now in progress to recruit drivers from around the country. The call to action is asking for people to volunteer to drive as well as individuals to sign up now to carpool to vote. Since this is a volunteer-based initiative created and developed in America, the more drivers that exist, the more people we can get to the polls.
 
Free Ride To The Polls: WomenVotes Takes You There – Forbes
 
Letter of Support – Monique Morrow
CTO – Evangelist New Frontiers, Development & Engineering at CISCO

Co-editor, The Internet of Women, Accelerating Culture Change                                    http://womenvotes.org/blog/free-ride-to-the-polls/

Entrepreneur Creates Free Ride Sharing App From Charlotte — Charlotte Business Journal
 
Entrepreneur Creates Free Ride Sharing App From Charlotte — BizWomen
 
Women Votes and #Carpool2Vote are bi-partisan initiatives with a purpose 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.
Free Ride to the Polls: WomenVotes Takes you There

Free Ride to the Polls: WomenVotes Takes you There

By Brian Rashid — Forbes

Free Ride to the Polls: WomenVotes Takes you There by Brian Rashid

As featured in Forbes, October 9, 2016

This is breaking news, or should I say, “braking” news.

If you are in many parts of America, you can get a ride to the polls.

This ride will be round-trip.

This ride will be free.

This ride will be provided by 100% volunteer drivers and is women inspired.

This ride could change the future of the America you live in.

Nicole Wild Merl and Thomas Cook are the co-founders of WomenVotes . The initiative,
which was first ever virtual co-op authorized by Northeastern University College of
Professional Studies, has turned into a national movement. WomenVotes was officially
launched in 2016 with the support of Washington Media Institute under the leadership of
Amos Gelb to 10 participant millennial consultants from colleges across the United
States to gain their perspectives and assistance. Today, all now serve as WomenVotes
founding Millennial Advisory Board along with some talented Norheastern University
students.

Initially, WomenVotes set out to create real-time, non-partisan twitter conversations.
Through the combination of twitter and their blog, there would be a place for women
everywhere to share their thoughts about the important issues in the upcoming election,
regardless of party lines. The mission statement was simple. WomenVotes empowers
women to vote and run for elected office. As their users started engaging more with
each other, and using the hashtag #Election2016, Nicole and Thomas realized a huge
opportunity to embrace empowerment and grow their initiative.

This was the birth of Carpool2Vote.

Carpool2Vote is the first ever volunteer based app that provides free rides to the polls
for people all across America. I have heard that women created the idea of carpooling,
so it is fitting and appropriate this idea comes full circle where women are now driving
voters to the polls across the country. Even the major ridesharing platforms are not
offering such a service. Yes, they offer vouchers and gift certificates, but only one-way,
and only to new users. Carpool2Vote, on the other hand, offers free rides to anyone
who signs up. No credit redemptions. No stress about whether or not you are a first time
user. Free for everyone.

This app has stirred up a lot of excitement among major supporters. Hundreds of
thousands of women members are coming together to make sure that individuals have
a free app to get you to the polls to vote. Influential followers on twitter include: Ellevate
Network, National Association for Female Executives, Working Mother, and the Internet
of Women community, led by Monique Marrow, are supporting Women Votes on this
initiative. This is just the beginning of the potential possible.

“We are excited and delighted that we will be able to reach out to hundreds of
thousands of Deca’s students, teachers, and parents across America to build
awareness and social responsibility in the next generation of leaders,” Nicole and
Thomas told me.

A call to action is now in progress to recruit drivers from around the country. The call to
action is asking people to volunteer to drive as well as for individuals to sign up now to
carpool to vote. Since this is a volunteer-based initiative created and developed in
America, the more drivers that exist, the more people can get to the polls. To further
spread the word, Women Votes is thrilled that Carpool2Vote is being promoted by AMC
Networks Inc. AMC Networks Inc 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 such as AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv.

The app was designed by Justin Insalaco, the CEO of 3BDreams , with the help of his
team including Chief Architect, Matt Young.

“When we heard about the opportunity to develop a rideshare application to get people
to the polls, I was ecstatic to help. The user experience is very simple by nature so
everyone can navigate it to enhance the number of people that can get to the polls,”
Insalaco told me.

The app is now live and can be downloaded in the App Store (Carpool2Vote). In just a
few steps, you can create a profile as either a driver or user. The team also took a
thoughtful approach to the safety and accuracy of the app. The App 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. This feature is not present in either Lyft or Uber today,
and will help reduce passenger risk on election day.

Every time I open my phone or turn on a TV, I see something about the election. A new
finding, a hot topic, opinions about the candidates. And then I wonder, “how many
people are doing something about the general public’s ability to influence these
stories?”

Nicole, Thomas, and Women Votes answered that question for me. They showed me
how a small group of committed people can make a ripple in the next month. In the next
decade. In the next century.

They show us that whether you are Democrat, Republican, or Independent, change is
possible.

And that change is not limited to an office in Washington DC.
We can do it from the palm of their hands.
Or maybe, the back seat of our cars.

Free Ride to the Polls: WomenVotes Takes you There by Brian Rashid, Forbes Contributor