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Hertz Is Offering a Free Extra Rental Day to Help People Vote in the Election

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 10/23/2020 Stacey Leasca
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Hertz wants to make sure everyone can get to the polls this election day. This week, the car rental company announced it will give everyone one day free when they reserve a car for two days and pick up their cars on Nov. 2 or 3, 2020. This way, everyone can safely get to their voting location. 

 “We want to make it easier for people to exercise their right to vote – especially those who need safe and reliable transportation,” Laura Smith, Hertz Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Customer Experience, shared in a statement. “We’re happy to provide local and convenient mobility options to the communities we serve on Election Day.”

The promotion will be available at thousands of Hertz neighborhood locations around the country. All users need to do to snag the deal is to use the code 210350 when they make a reservation on Hertz.com. The deal may not be available at every location, and additional terms and conditions may apply, so make sure to check out the car rental company’s website for all the details. 

Though a simple car rental may not seem like much, it can make all the difference for those who have difficulty getting to the polls. Following the 2016 midterm election, the Performance of American Elections ran a survey of young Americans to discover their voting patterns or lack thereof. The survey found that 30 percent of registered young people did not vote because they said they “had no transportation to a polling place.” It was the third most common reason for not voting among young people who also were not attending college.

a street sign sitting on the side of a road: The car rental company will extend reservations for free on Nov. 2 and 3. © LOGAN CYRUS/AFP via Getty The car rental company will extend reservations for free on Nov. 2 and 3.

“This may be both due to differences in socioeconomic status and, for current students, the location of polling places on/near campus or the availability of programs to provide transportation to the polls,” the survey noted. “Transportation is a significant barrier regardless of educational attainment or other demographic differences: 29% of all youth in the survey cited it as a reason why they didn’t vote, with 15% calling it a major factor.” 

Other transportation companies are starting to release their election day plans, too. Uber will offer both discounted rides and deploy food trucks to feed those waiting in long polling lines around the nation. 

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