It’s election today tomorrow, and yes everyone knows the old joke about how nobody votes during midterms. I mean, we get it—sacrificing your precious lunch hour at work and hurrying over to the nearest polling station is a hassle. But here’s one idea that would drive voter turnout though the roof (more than any Usher-Leo DiCaprio PSA ever could): Offer food at the polling places! Or better yet, why not put voting booths at actual restaurants? If you wanted to vote on your lunch break—boom, two birds with one stone. Where would you like to cast your ballot while getting you grub on? Below are a few ideas that Mayor Garcetti should look into.
Culver City: Tacos at Tito’s Tacos
With it’s iconic signage and catchy jingle, the high visibility of Tito’s make it a prime candidate as a poll place. Those crunchy hard-shelled tacos, filled with stewed ground beef and yellow cheese, could be prepared by the hundreds and handed out like “I Voted” stickers. One vote, one taco.
Highland Park: Doughnuts at Donut Friend
Northeast L.A. residents are famous for their anti-authoritarian streak, and what better way to stick it to than man than casting a third-party vote while snacking on “G.G. Almond” doughnut filled with goat cheese and honey, then topped with vanilla glaze and sliced almonds.
Hollywood: Chili Dog at Carney’s
Grizzled industry veterans have been making deals at Carney’s chili dogs for over four decades and change (or at least, they used too), so what better way attract the movers and shakers of democracy than a steamed hot dog ladled with gloopy brown chili. Voting inside an old Union Pacific train car lends a patriotic feel too.
Venice: Acai Bowl at Flake
Living so close to the beach can make it hard to get out of bed before noon. Why not entice Venice voters with a nice acai bowl, sprinkled with granola and sliced banana, from the neighborhood’s de facto “chill” café. You’ll not only vote, but find a flyer for a kombucha-making class while you’re at it.
Downtown: Beef Dip at Philippe’s
The century-old Philippe’s is so engrained in L.A.’s civic history, it might as well be a public resource on par with the DWP (only much, much more enjoyable to interact with). While we’d imagine a soft just-soaked beef dip would be very appealing to most voters, so would the ability to sneak some extra hot mustard into the sandwich of the unsuspecting City Council member sitting next to you.