Here’s how to hail a cheap ride to the polls on Election Day (in Maine, of course!)

Ridesharing company Uber announced the Uber Drives the Vote initiative in October.

Working with its partner #VoteTogether, the company has already sent promo codes for discounted rides to 15,000 potential voters with a focus on early voting.

On November 6, Uber is offering $10 off a single ride to the polls on the most affordable Uber option in the city where you live.

Users need to enter the promo code “VOTE2018” into the Uber App, and use Uber’s polling place locator to select a destination.

Ridesharing company Lyft is offering a similar promotion on Election Day.

Lyft’s The Ride to Vote initiative will offer 50% off promo codes to users heading to the polls Tuesday, up to $5. Its App will also connect riders with polling locations.

Working with partner organizations, Lyft will offer rides free of cost to underserved communities.

The company is encouraging part time and full time employees to make a plan, and take time off to vote themselves.

Both Uber and Lyft will provide rides to the polls, but the same offers do not apply heading back home.

Taxi cab companies in the Bangor area are still considering what their options will be on Election Day.

In a press release, the Greater Portland METRO bus service announced fares will be free all day on Tuesday, November 6.

“A lack of transportation should never stand between voters and their access to polling locations,” said METRO General Manger Greg Jordan, in a release sent to NEWS CENTER Maine. “This marks the third year that METRO is providing free rides on Election Day.”

This service includes all METRO routes, including METRO BREEZ express service between Portland, Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick, the Husky Line service to Gorham, and Route 3 Crosstown service.

Community Connector@batcc

ALL rides will be FREE tomorrow, including rides to the polls. Please take the opportunity to try the Community Connector!

Greater Bangor’s Community Connector will also offer free fares all day.

Unlike Uber and Lyft, Maine’s city transit companies are offering free return trips from the polls as well.

Gov. Paul LePage: ‘Narcan will save lives’ despite previously criticizing overdose-reversal drug. How Orwellian is this show gonna get?

“I believe that Narcan will save lives. However, if you allow it to go 12, 13, 14, 15 times with the shots, the odds are against you,” the governor said Tuesday. “We have to say when we give you a shot: ‘You have to go to rehab or pay for it.’”

The governor’s comments at a Bangor forum on substance abuse came after he last year vetoed a bill, which has since become law, to allow pharmacists to dispense to medicine without a prescription. At that time, LePage said, “Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose.”

His press secretary said Wednesday that both of LePage’s statements are true.

“The governor has said the initial shot will save lives,” Adrienne Bennett said. “And he also believes that if someone is administered multiple shots it is a false security.”

This year LePage sponsored two drug-related bills that failed, one that would have forced towns to charge people revived more than once by an opiate overdose antidote and another that would essentially treat alcohol and drug use by pregnant women as child abuse.

Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton, who was on a panel of local law enforcement officers who spoke just before LePage arrived, said faith-based recovery programs at the county jail do seem to work.

“It’s better than any medication,” Morton said.

When a church member asked what his small congregation could do, the sheriff suggested a simple solution:

“Open the doors. The biggest problem is the stigma. We have to realize this is a social problem that affects us all.”

WHY DON’T WE JUST LEGALIZE FUCKING IBOGAINE? (because, the cost of addiction is someone’s profit.  Yay Amerika!)

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