Because pizza pairs well with civic duty
The day of reckoning is finally upon us. Nearly every polling place is expecting long lines, crabbiness, and a general obliviousness to even the simplest of instructions (I'm looking at you, New York Assembly District 56). But help is on the way in the form of Pizza to the Polls, a nonpartisan group that sends pizza to weary, exhausted voters stuck on long voting lines across the country. Best of all, Pizza to the Polls also accepts donations so that those who have already voted (or live outside the country and are still subjected to the electoral process) can keep their compatriots well fed.
But that's not all: Pizza to the Polls is also dispatching bagels to voters who are stuck waiting for their chance to cast their ballot. And so far, this has come in handy: Durham County, NC, suffered a computer outage that prevented poll workers from being checked in. Voters on the East Coast have posted photos of long lines from Boston to Miami, demonstrating a surge in voting that could end up surpassing the 2004 and 2008 election totals before the night is over.
It seems like Pizza to the Polls is already hard at work, too. One Twitter user posted an update from his polling station in South Philadelphia, PA, where things began to look grim. But right on cue, Pizza to the Polls swept in with a doughnut deployment to help keep things cool.
These heroes have been hard at work well before Election Day, too. They've delivered pizzas to early voters in Chicago, Miami, and Cincinnati, where lines to vote have been staggeringly long even for folks who are looking to get their ballots case ahead of time.
So if you're looking to get in on the generosity and want to find a way to help voters keep the faith, look no further than Pizza to the Polls. Ten bucks gets you one pizza, and helps restore everyone's faith in humanity after 18 months of some serious doubts about whether or not it still existed. If you want to prove that you're a tremendous do-gooder, you can opt for a $100 donation and feed a small army of people who are patiently waiting to fulfill their civic duty. After all, the best path we can take toward post-electoral redemption is by looking after one another—regardless of whether we're red, blue, or purple.