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Adventures in food for curious cooks.

A Recipe to Get Out the Vote


A Recipe to Get Out the Vote

Lynley Jones

Ahem - There’s an election on Tuesday!

Of COURSE you are going to vote. (If you’re not sure where your polling place is, you can find out here. And if you’re still making up your mind, find out how your congressperson has voted on food policy issues.) 

You know what’s even better than voting? Voting, and THEN helping your fellow voters get to the polls, too! This election (every election!) hangs on voter turnout. So here are some suggestions for nourishing our democracy, and feeding ourselves along the way.

Have a good breakfast, then knock on doors

If you’re planning to go door-to-door to remind your neighbors to vote (like I did today!), you’ll want to fuel up first. Have a good breakfast that sticks to the ribs, so you can stick it out through your shift.

Pound the Pavement - and Bring a Lunch

Make a few sandwiches or burritos and head out with a friend.

Snacks for Volunteers

Are you hosting a phone bank, or serving as home base for canvassing? Awesome! Serve some tasty snacks, and maybe they’ll come back for another shift tomorrow.

Sustenance for a Long Night

If you’re gearing up to watch the results come in - and possibly inviting friends over to do the same - make something easy, that will feed a crowd. Then set it out and let everyone serve themselves, while you sit glued to the TV. (Or is that just me?)

Reap the Rewards

I’m not jinxing anything here. A good campaign should NEVER take anything for granted. It’s not over until it’s over. But whatever the results, you and your fellow volunteers deserve a pat on the back. Or maybe a stiff drink. Or several.

And if you want to serve something sweet to reward folks for their hard work defending democracy, here are a couple suitably patriotic ideas.

“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” -Susan B. Anthony

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” -Plato

"The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guarantee of your liberty. That vote of yours has cost millions of dollars and the lives of thousands of women." -Carrie Chapman Catt

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” -Abraham Lincoln