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:
- a free appetizer at STREET with $10 minimum purchase (me, I’d go with the kaya toast – it is that good)
- free fries at The Counter
- a free Espolon tequila margarita between 7 and 9pm at Pink Taco
- a free cupcake at LARK in Silver Lake
- a free glass at wine at Pourtal
- a free shot of soup, pickles, or dipping sauce at The Grilled Cheese Truck
- 10% off your tab at Santa Monica’s Bite Bar & Bakery
- free iced tea or lemonade at Mixt Greens
- 10% off any bottle of wine at Colorado Wine Company
- 10% off your purchase at The Manila Machine’s food truck
- a free cookie from Platine Cookies (get a platino while you’re there, too)
- a free hot dog from Pink’s (limited to the first 1000 people with the sticker)
- a free margarita at CASA downtown
- free admission to the Skirball Cultural Center
- free admission to the Comedy Store’s Original Room show
- free admission to tonight’s show at the Viper Room
[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.