No Matter What Side You’re On – Go Vote!

There’s been a lot of conversation – and confusion – around the Proposition 1 vote that Austinites are being asked to weigh in on.Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 4.10.48 PM

The vote centers around the issue of how to best regulate transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft (Austin also now has GetMe, which has largely stayed out of the fray).

If you’re unfamiliar with the ballot language, it boils down to this: a “yes” vote would repeal the ordinance City Council passed in December and replace it with an ordinance supported by Uber and Lyft (similar to the temporary regulations that the previous council put in place). That ordinance still includes background checks, but does not include the fingerprint-based checks the City has proposed.

A “no” vote would keep the current City ordinance – complete with fingerprinting – in place, and reject the proposed ordinance.

For a more in-depth look at the ballot language and the key differences between the two ordinances, check out this article from the Austin American-Statesman.

We’re not taking sides, but we are encouraging everyone to get out and vote. This is an important transportation issue in a city that’s working hard to think ahead and improve our mobility, and your voice counts!

Election Day is on May 7. Find your polling place here.

 

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