Bird offers free scooter rides Tuesday for election day

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May 16—Medford voters can scoot their way to the ballot drop box for free.

Bird is giving away free 30-minute electric scooter rides all day Tuesday, May 17, for the primary election as part of the transportation company's "Roll to the Polls" initiative.

The electric scooters available downtown typically charge customers by the minute through iPhone or Android smartphone apps, according to a release issued by Bird Monday. In order to unlock a free ride, voters need to enter the promotional code "VOTE2022" in the Bird app on May 17.

Bird riders operators can drop off ballots until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the marked location at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. in Medford, and at the Jackson County Elections Office at 1101 W. Main St. in Medford.

Voters not bound to Bird scooters — which are limited to Medford city limits — can drop their ballots off until 8 p.m. Tuesday at official drop boxes at Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, Phoenix and Rogue River library branches, as well as at the two Medford locations.

Effective this year, Oregon elections officials must accept mailed ballots up to seven days after election day — but only if the ballot has a May 17 postmark. Ballots dropped into USPS mailboxes after the final posted pickup time will carry the next day's postmark, and thus won't be valid.

Bird scooters have been operating in Medford since January as part of a one-year pilot agreement with the Medford City Council. Anyone with questions or concerns can reach the company by emailing, calling Bird's 24/7 support line at 1-866-205-2442 or following instructions within "Community Mode" of the Bird smartphone app.