Austin voters to Uber Lyft: Money can't buy you love

Austin residents proved that money can't buy you love, voting 56 to 44 percent to resoundingly reject Proposition 1 and to keep the requirement that drivers for ride-hailing companies pass ten-fingerprint background checks.

Lyft and Uber spent $8 million campaigning for Prop 1, according to this article on KUT, Austin's public radio station, that's 8 times as much as has ever been spent in a local Austin election.

Both companies said they would cease operations in Austin, as this KXAN story details. For a detailed analysis of what was on the ballot in Austin, check out this KUT article.

But according to this article in the Texas Tribune, a new company Get Me LLC, also known as getme, is ready to fill the gap and has no problem complying with local regulations including fingerprint background checks.

At NOWCastSA we've been covering the ride-hailing issue for more than a year.

We have some quick answers to common questions, including an article debunking the myth that ride-hailing companies cause a drop in drunk driving crashes.  Check out our stories right here.