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Transportation to the Polls

In accordance with the University mission of "Education for Citizenship" - Ohio State is striving to provide a variety of transportation options to make voting as accessible as possible to all Buckeyes. This page details the different options available to students who are registering to vote in Franklin County.


Early voting busEarly Voter Busing

OSU Votes and Transportation and Traffic Management have again partnered to offer FREE transportation to the Franklin County Early Voting Center before the November 3, 2020 general election. 

All buses will pick up at the 12th avenue loop on the South side of the Ohio Union. Buses will wait at the early voting center until all students have finished voting, and then drop them off at the same location they were picked up. Round trip, this should take roughly 90 minutes.

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, all busses are limited to 18 passengers, and all passengers must have masks for the duration of the trip.

All busses have pased for this election cycle. Please check back for future elections.


Lyft Partnership

In addition to the early voter buses, there are other tranpsortation options to vote early or on the day of Election Day

Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State will offer a free rideshare option on election day, Tues., Nov. 3. Students may use the code STUDENTSVOTE2020 to receive one free ride up to $10 to OR from their polling location. Codes will be available on a first come first serve basis and will be active from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Nov. 3. To use the promo code, riders must select the “Lyft” option from the Lyft app and rides must begin and end within the designated service boundaries. Rides are limited, so be sure to have a back-up plan.

More: https://ttm.osu.edu/ridesharing-students-election-day

Lyft also announced a  2020 Ride to Vote initiative: 50% off one ride (up to $10 off) to any polling location/dropbox on election day, between the hours of 5AM - 11PM local time.


COTA Buses

And, as always, you can use your BuckID to access the COTA bus system to ride to the early voting center on Morse Road, or to your polling location on election day. Download the COTA app to figure out the best route for you! 


Scooters

  • Bird
    • Bird has partnered with the North American Bikeshare Association’s (NABSA) “Roll to the Polls” initiative to help registered voters make their voices heard in 2020.  Riders will simply enter the special code on election day to receive 50% off their Bird rides (Code: VOTE2020).
  • Lime
    • Lime announced that it will again be offering free rides to help people get to the polls on Election Day on November 3. Riders will need to use the code LIMETOPOLLS2020 to receive free rides up to 30 minutes.
  • Lyft
    • Lyft announced their “2020 Ride to Vote” initiative – 50% off one ride (up to $10 off) to any polling location/dropbox on election day, between the hours of 5AM-11PM local time. Rides includes Scooters, bikes, and rideshare.
  • Spin
    • Spin announced that they are offering $10 in ride credits on November 3rd – riders can enter the code SPINTOVOTE in most cities and campuses where they currently operate. Spin is also partnering with the North American Bikeshare Association’s (NABSA) “Roll to the Polls” initiative.

More information about “Roll to the Polls” here – https://rolltothepolls.com/


Have any questions? Please contact osuvotes@osu.edu