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Uber driver Johnny Pollard says his new career saves him from unemployment allowing him to make a good living while meeting interesting people from around the world and the occasional local drunk.

The ride-sharing service Uber is offering customers free rides to the polls Nov. 6.

To get a ride on Election Day, users can simply click a button labeled “Get to the polls” on Uber’s smartphone application.

“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button,” the company’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, wrote on his blog. “We’re also partnering with nonprofit organizations to register voters before state deadlines and provide free rides to the polls on November 6.”

The app will not only get an Uber driver to the voter’s location, but also can provide users with information on where their polling place is, based on their home address.

The Uber app is available statewide, and the service will be available to voters not only in the most populated cities of North Texas, but also rural areas on the metropolitan edge, said Travis Considine, company spokesman.

“Our goal is to help people with transportation challenges that have more options for getting to the polls on Election Day,” he said.

Two nationwide nonprofit organizations, Democracy Works and #VoteTogether, are partnering with Uber to provide the service.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796; @gdickson

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