It was a busy Tuesday morning at Austin Java on Parkway. A little table in the back was set aside for registered Austin voters to come in, have a seat and sign a petition to put City Council’s ridesharing regulations before the voters. While we were there, a steady flow of people signed their names.

“Yeah I think it enables the people to have a voice and say ‘Hey this is useful in my life. I feel safer, I feel more enabled, I want to have this choice,” said Melanie Weinberger, who signed the petition.

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