Voting is important and, if you’re eligible, you should vote for the simple pride of being a good citizen and participating in democracy. If you’re confused about your registration status, candidates, or ballot props, don’t just skip out on voting—take a second to research and come to an informed opinion on the races that matter to you. And while doing your civic duty should be reason enough to vote, lots of local businesses are encouraging participation, from free rides to the polls, to special events, to election day deals on food, drink, and more.
Election Day Deals from Bars, Restaurants, and More
Expending all that effort on filling in bubbles on the ballot is exhausting, right? (No, it’s not, that’s not an excuse to not vote.) Afterwards, you might want to celebrate with some fellow participants in this great American experiment by taking advantage of the discounts and specials these local businesses are offering for sticker-wearers.
The thrill of voting is sure to have you feeling peppy, but if you need a little caffeination to go with it, the Go Get Em Tiger coffee shops in Los Feliz, Larchmont, and Highland Park will be taking $5.00 off the beverage of your choice. In Redondo Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, and San Dimas, you can get your fix in the form of a $2.18 cappuccino at Klatch Coffee. Pick up a free eight ounce cup of La Colombe at The Goods Mart or free mug of the house drip coffee at Square One. At Cafe de Leche‘s shops in Highland Park and Altadena, they’ll hook you up with your choice of a free 12 ounce drip coffee or 10 percent off your order.
All of the 1933 Group bars (Oldfields, Bigfoot Lodge, Bigfoot Lodge West, Harlowe, Sassafras, Idle Hour, Thirsty Crow, Highland Park Bowl, and La Cuevita) will offer a $1 Moscow Mule or Old Fashioned between 5 and 7 p.m., while supplies last.
Another hospitality group in on the (political) party is Artisanal Brewers Collective. Many of the group’s beer-forward spots are offering specials: Buy one appetizer, get one free at Broxton and The Stalking Horse; buy one beer and get a second for one cent at Mohawk Bend, 6th & La Brea, Bluebird Brasserie, Brennan’s, Corner Cantina, Spring St. Bar, and Tony’s Darts Away.
Elsewhere, Birds & Bees will be serving $5 Old Fashioned and Daiquiri cocktails; Blue Palms Brewhouse and Fox & Hounds are both offering free beers. At Esters Wine Shop & Bar, they’ll have happy hour prices ($9 house wine, $10 snacks, $12 cheese boards) from 3 p.m. to close; the famous Esters Burger will be available for delivery via Posmates, Caviar, and Uber Eats for $16. It’s happy hour prices all night at Las Perlas when you sport your sticker. Over at Melody, you’ll get 15 percent off your bill tonight by showing your ballot stub–or saying “Kurt Vile for President.”
Since a person cannot live on free booze alone, Shake Shack will toss in a free order of fries (use promo code “ivoted” if you’re ordering by app) and Oinkster will upgrade any sandwich to a combo if you tell them you voted. Prime Pizza is dishing out free slices of cheese pizza, as is Lupetti Pizzeria, while supplies last. Granville WeHo is offering your choice of a complimentary appetizer, cocktail, or dessert, Lemonade will hand out a free lemonade, and Azulé Taqueria is doing a free churro.
All Pie Hole locations will give voters a personal “pie hole” treat (a new item for the bakery) or you can sate your sweet tooth at CREAM in North Hollywood or Northridge where your sticker gets you 20 percent off any order. Drop into Home State for a free cookie with your tacos.
If the anxiety of elections has you craving retail therapy, LCD at ROW DTLA will offer 30 percent many items on Election Day, when they’ll also be holding a launch party for the 69 x LCD capsule collection. You can snag 20 percent off stylish items at Shop Super Street on La Brea.
Base Coat Nail Salon in the Arts District will offer 15 percent off any service to sticker-bearing customers. If you would rather catch a movie tonight than nervously watch CNN for hours, Rooftop Cinema Club will hand out free popcorn to voters attending their 7:15 showing of Romeo & Juliet.
“Voting is cool,” according to artist Brendan Fowler. He’s opened a pop-up shop for his art-meets-fashion series, Election Reform!, on display at Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Stop by on November 6, between 6 and 9 p.m. and he’ll gift you a free, one-of-a-kind restyled vintage piece, while supplies last.
Free Rides to the Polls
Hopefully your polling site is close to your home (here’s how to find it, if you’re not sure) but maybe you’re not going to vote straight to or from the address where you registered, for any number of reasons. If that’s you, Metro train and bus rides will be free all day on Election Day, and you can get a free 30-minute bike share ride with the code 1162018. If you prefer to ride-share in a car, Uber giving users $10 off (restrictions apply, so check the full details), and Lyft is offering 50 percent off rides with the promo code VOTECA2.
Election 2018 Events
Over at the Abbey in West Hollywood, they’ll be hosting an election watch party starting at 11 a.m. on Election Day, with returns and coverage on the big screens. For $5, you can try their special edition shooter, the Blue Wave, with Tito’s Vodka, blue curaçao, and Sprite.
Election Central at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is a free, all-ages Election Day event, with free food, drinks, and a chance to watch the votes come in. Loyola Marymount University hosts and brings in guest politicians and experts for a civil, non-partisan conversation about what the results could mean for L.A.
Make America Smart Again, a nonpartisan organization founded by artist Shepard Fairey to encourage voter education and participation, holds a Midterms Ballot Party on Sunday, November 4. Bring your sample ballot or a notebook to Angel City Brewing Company downtown from 3 to 6 p.m., and take advantage of voter resources to make sure you understand all the options. There will also be giveaways, drinks, food, and raffles.
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