The Importance of, and Incentives to, Vote (Read: Freebies!)

The gray represents countries without electoral democracy, according to think tank Freedom House.

So.  Did you vote yet?  Are you parading your “I Voted” sticker arrogantly the way people at Coachella breathed, lived, and slept in their wristbands?  No?  Well then.  Get on it.  Where’s My Fucking Polling Place is self-explanatory.  Use it if you need it.

If you don’t know what on earth is going on because you were the type of person who partied the night before the big final exam, studied a little bit in the morning, and went on to set the curve (no, I’m not bitter at all), there are a few last minute study materials readily available: reliable ol’ Smart Voter has the full text of the measures and candidate statements; the LA Times’ Voter Guide (with their endorsements) is available here; and GOOD Magazine put together a 51-page behemoth of a guide here.  Red pill, blue pill: make your choices wisely.

Too apathetic to vote?  Yes, me too, almost: because nothing gets you out of bed faster than the promise of a free meal and/or drink,  the powers that be will bestow a heap of free things upon you if you vote.  Flashing your “I Voted” sticker at the following establishments will earn you:

[I’m updating the above list as the day goes along.]

Oh, and I guess you can get an “I Voted” badge on FourSquare, if you’re into that sort of thing, but  I might officially check out of the app after seeing the number of people check into the San Francisco riot last night.  What, pray tell, exactly is the thought process behind checking into your local riot?  Anyway, whether you’re voting because it’s your civic duty or because the carrot is too appetizing and too free to pass up, just get on out to the polls.  That will be the one productive thing you’ll do today.

* The research and data behind the map can be found on Freedom House’s website.

4 thoughts on “The Importance of, and Incentives to, Vote (Read: Freebies!)”

  1. So, to add to your list –
    RUMOR in Las Vegas is doing 2 for 1 drinks and 1/2 off appetizers. Rumor can be a bit pricey, so this is the perfect time to try out something new without paying a lot for something you might not like.

    Also, Artisan is doing 1/2 Drinks if you wear your “I Voted” sticker as well.

    Voting is great.

    I think I heard something about the starbucks doing something here and a special at the feast at Boulder station but no one has answered the phone for me to find out yet.

  2. I heard Pink’s Hot Dog on La Brea is giving away free chilli dogs for election day. Can anyone confirm?

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