In case you haven’t heard, we think voting is really important around here and aim to do our best to give you the answers and information you may need to make an informed decision and knowing your rights when you get there.
This month we focus on absentee ballots and knowing if you are eligible for an absentee vote.
There are two groups of people who have the ability to use an absentee ballot:
1. Military Members, spouses, and eligible family members
2. Overseas U.S. Citizens who previously resided in the U.S.
Both of these groups can start the process of getting their ballot by going here to get their Federal Post Card Application. This starts the process of having the correct ballots sent to your address overseas. Starting the process sooner, rather than later, will allow for mailing time and follow-up in case you don’t receive the ballot. You can contact your Local Election Office to verify your status by finding their information. If you haven’t received your ballot 30 days prior to the election you can vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
If you are a citizen, 18 years or older, born abroad, and have never lived in the United States, each state has their own rules on voting. You can find them here.
If you’re considering an absentee vote, it’s best to start the process early to ensure you are ready to vote and have, and have filed, all the proper paperwork to ensure your voice is heard – even if it’s across an ocean!
There are many great resources out there to support people to #Carpool2Vote on #Election2016 Day. Our goal is to keep this list up-to-date so we can support your voting efforts and help you make the best choice for you and your group and not get stuck without a lift to the polls.
Some Carpool and Rideshare Tips:
Your City: Check out your city and/or state department of transportation to learn about carpool options in your area. Find rideshare and other options to help build your commute with neighbors or start your own car share program in your community.
Google Docs Sign-up Sheet: This simple template allows groups of people to sign up for various tasks usiFng the collaborative features of Google Docs. It can be used to coordinate many tasks including organizing your #Carpool2Vote. The organizer sets things up by filling in dates, names, and chores, then shares it with participants to fill in. www.googledocs.com
List of the Best Carpool and Rideshare Apps for Election2016
- Carma Carpooling: With the catch-phrase “Freedom to Go”, Carma is a carpooling app pioneering the Ownerless Car to transform wasted parking lot hours into dynamic mobility services that respond to people’s different transportation needs throughout the day. With over 400 cars, its customers are already living and driving the future of transportation. gocarma.com
- Carpoolworld: Is an Internet website that provides a free public on-line trip-matching service. Carpoolworld also provides a hosted carpool matching solution for institutions such as schools, universities, hospitals who wish to provide carpool matching for their community. carpoolworld.com
- Craigslist: Provides a community rideshare link where you can find postings to find rides offered and needed only. No app or connected social platform so you know who you are riding with or peer-to-peer review! craigslist.org
- Getaround: Is an online car sharing or peer-to-peer carsharing service that allows drivers to rent cars from private car owners, and owners to rent out their cars for payment. With Getaround, you can rent 1000’s of cars from a Toyota to a BMW to a Tesla and unlock them all with your phone via the easy to use app. getaround.com
- Lyft: Is an easy-to-use taxi app alternative and one of the biggest names in the ridesharing space. Lyft Line takes ridesharing to the next level by connecting you to other passengers along your route. When you share a ride, you pay a discounted price. Look out for the pink mustache! lyft.com
- iCarpool: Looking for a better way to commute? iCarpool connects you with verified drivers going your way so you can start carpooling in a matter of minutes. “No fixed schedule. Book a ride and hop on.” icarpool.com
- Rideshare: With a mission to support and promote all forms of ridesharing, improve the environment, provide world-class customer experience and lessen the burden of government, Rideshare provides carpooling and fleet solutions for offices and campuses! rideshare.com
- Ridejoy: Is a community marketplace for friendly people sharing rides. If you are going in a trip, you can list extra seat space in your car, and if you need to get somewhere, you can find a ride, using the site. ridejoy.com
- Rydes: RYDE is a social enterprise that promotes carpooling. RYDE’s request tool uses GPS technology to match drivers with riders going the same way. Carpooling benefits all. For riders, it offers a social, eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative. For drivers, this helps to offset the cost of petrol and parking. rydesharing.com
- SafeHer SafeHer was born to provide a simple solution to an all-to-common problem: reducing violence against women in the ride-share space. SafeHer’s proprietary background checks aim to set a new safety standard in the industry. To join this movement go to www.safeher.com
- Turo “Rent a car anywhere”, this app offers local pickup, city delivery, and airport delivery saving commuters time and money. www.turo.com
- Uber: Very popular ridesharing app that allows you to choose your vehicle type and share for carpool options. Uber’s message “Across borders, cultures, and languages, we’re proud to connect people who need a reliable ride with people looking to earn money driving their car. Your journeys inspire us. Thank you.” uber.com
- Zimride: Is a simple way to connect drivers and passengers going the same way you are. … It’s simple! “Zimriding” is a fun way to get where you need to go and also connect with others in your immediate area to share rides (only available to universities and corporations. zimride.com
- ZipCar: Is an American car-sharing company, a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group. Zipcar provides automobile reservations to its members, billable by the hour or day. Zipcar members pay a monthly or annual membership fee in addition to car reservations charges. “Own the trip. Not the car.” zipcar.com
WomenVotes Announces #Carpool2Vote at Northeastern University’s prestigious 2016 Education Cooperative Awards Luncheon
Campaign highlights the importance of #WomenVotes and the need to help others get to the polls so they can cast their ballot on #Election2016 Day. Includes a list of the Best Carpool and Rideshare Apps for 2016
June 29, 2016
BOSTON, MA—WomenVotes (http://womenvotes.org), co-founders Nicole Wild Merl and Thomas Cook, today announced a new initiative, #Carpool2Vote aimed at helping get women, moms, grandmas (anyone needing a lift) to the polls on #Election2016 Day during an acceptance speech at Northeastern University’s prestigious 2016 Education Cooperative Awards Luncheon. Ms. Wild Merl, a graduating Master’s student, was honored with “The Student Scholar” recognition for her achievements.
Furthermore, the WomenVotes.org blog and social platforms were created via the first-ever virtual Education Cooperative allowed by Northeastern University to research, develop, and implement a digital social impact project both as an experiential and innovative learning experience. Sponsored by Thomas Cook, Thomas Cook & Associates LLC, the social impact project’s timely mission is to empower #WomenVotes for #Election2016 and the future.
Calling all drivers! The #Carpool2Vote campaign highlights the importance of civic engagement by encouraging women from all political affiliations to vote on the issues and help with resources and ways to carpool to vote in the presidential election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. To support the campaign, WomenVotes is seeking to join forces with women, moms, and caring organizations who want and can make a difference.
#Carpool2Vote List of the Best Carpool and Rideshare Apps for 2016