I was already planning on taking Election Day off work to provide rides to polling locations, but I didn’t really have a plan beyond that. I told my coworker that I was going to use chalk paint to advertise free rides, and then I was just going to drive around until I found someone in need of a ride.
Thankfully, someone smarter than me, and with (literally) infinite more resources, has initiated a campaign for achieving my goal on a much grander scale.
Buffett’s new site is called Drive2Vote [sic] , and while he’s clearly supporting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 election, his site has been set up so that anyone can sign up to either offer a ride or receive a ride to their polling place on election day without needing to specify who they might be voting for. He appears to believe that simply by making it easier for all voters to get to the polls, including those who are too financially disadvantaged or physically infirm to be able to transport themselves, the voting public will end up making smart choices. He’s also offering to personally drive people to the polls in his hometown of Omaha, by way of setting an example for others to do the same.
I signed up in about 30 seconds. All it takes is your name, email address, phone number and zip code. The website claims, “We’ll coordinate the details, and get back with you soon.” I’m excited to take part in this project come November.
Warren Buffett is also in the news for challenging Donald Trump to sit down and let people ask questions about their tax returns. But in terms of having a real impact on the election, I suspect Drive 2 Vote will see a greater return on Election Day.
h/t Patrick Wand