Founders Message: Election Day
Today is Election Day.
You have likely been bombarded with dozens or hundreds of emails, social media posts, text messages, yard signs, and so much more SCREAMING at you to get out and VOTE! They are telling you that it is your right, your privilege, your responsibility to vote.
To the hundreds of thousands of FloatMe community members: we encourage you to let your voice be heard. We know that many of you are hurting right now from the COVID-19 pandemic, the stress of your jobs, and concerns about your future. We understand that because we are experiencing that uncertainty too. As a small team, we’ve experienced the uncertainty of waiting for COVID test results, taking pay cuts to keep the lights on, and wondering how we can help change things for the better.
Today, we have a chance to let our voice be heard by casting a ballot that will help shape the future of our country. Joe Biden and Donald Trump have outlined their visions for America, but it is up to you to decide which vision better matches with the future you want to see. Just as important are your local elections: Mayors, judges, state representatives, and more.
Today, we have offered all our employees the option to take half the day off to go vote if they want to. Not every company is as committed to this, so we have put together some resources to help you make it to the voting booth and exercise the most American of traditions.
Thank you for being a part of such an important day with us.
Ryan, Josh, Chris, and the FloatMe Team
Below is a list of resources to help you make it to the voting booth, cast your ballot, and remain safe.
Where is my voting location?
Vote.org has a lookup tool and provides links directly to state websites to help you find where you need to go to vote!
What documents do I need to cast my ballot?
Before leaving, you’ll need to make sure you have the right documents to cast your ballot legally. Vote.org has a simple table available that lists the required documents. Vote411 also has an in-depth state election guide available.
Who should I vote for and what is on my ballot?
We love Ballotpedia since it allows you to look up your ballot before you arrive at the voting booth. If you are having a hard time deciding on a major candidate, you might also find isidewith.com helpful as well.
How do I get to my polling location to vote?
This year there are many options to help get you to the polls.
Uber is offering 50% off roundtrip rides to and from the polls or up to $14 for the two trips.
Lyft is offering 50% off for everyone using the code 2020VOTE to one polling place or drop box. However, you can get a free ride (up to $15.00) using code LWV2020 through a partnership with the League of Women Voters.
Both of these options also work for a bike or scooter through the Uber and Lyft app.
Many cities are also providing free public transit on election day (check their website).
Is there anything else I should bring?
We encourage all voters to bring the following:
Masks – there is still a pandemic on!
Water – stay hydrated, the lines may be long
Snacks – just in case you get hungry
An umbrella – bonus points if it rains!