PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The SEPTA strike is inspiring volunteers to sign up for a first of its kind ride-sharing app. The new technology is designed to give voters a free round-trip ride to the polls on Election Day.
“I think it’s critically important that — especially women — get out and exercise their right to vote,” says Sheri Cole.
Her day job is executive director of Career Wardrobe, a non-profit that helps women transition back to work in Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties. But on Election Day, she’ll be a volunteer driver giving voters free rides to and from the polls thanks to a new app, Carpool2Vote.
“I thought that’s something I can do,” says Cole, “I have a car, I live in the city, I work here and I can take some flexible time — I can volunteer for that.”
“This is a non-partisan effort. Our goal is to get as many people to the polls as possible,” says Nicole Wild, co-creator of Carpool2Vote. The app allows users to sign up to be a driver or rider. It then links riders to drivers near their polling station based on location and time availability.
“There’s just six days to go,” says Wild. “Now is the time to create a plan on how to get to the polls. No one knows how long this transit strike will last.”
“This is my crew,” says Cole, of the three women she recruited as drivers.
The recent strike at SEPTA, convinced her to recruit more volunteers, like Zoe who will be driving voters at Temple University, Heather in Upper Darby and Christine in New Jersey.
“A lot of students don’t know where to go,” says Zoe Richman. “By doing this – it gives me credibility to make sure people actually go out and vote.”
Carpool2Vote is free for download in the app store.