Rations are definitely in order for those of you who still need to vote. Snacks, water, and perhaps even a lawn chair and some reading are all recommended.
I’m a firm believer in always having snacks, no matter how fast you think it’s going to go. Once you get in line, you may not want to get out. Or, if you need to take a pee break, your line partner will be that much more willing to hold your spot in exchange for some of those mixed nuts and cookies you’ve brought.
Once you vote, you can claim a free cup of tall coffee at your local Starbucks. Even if you voted early, they will take your word for it.
People have been strolling in to the Starbucks on 69th Street in Miami all morning, with their “I Voted” stickers. There is an air of excitement as folks compare notes on the wait at their polling place. Some are already disgruntled. “Man, Florida ain’t gonna count again. They are gonna mess up again. That’s why I voted early,” I overhead one woman say. If it’s any consolation, the lines at Starbucks are not too long.
Since the Starbucks corporation received some “tsks” over its specific targeting of voters, Ben and Jerry’s decided to dole out free ice cream to anyone present at their stores between 5 pm and 8 pm today. That sounds great, as long as folks don’t have to replicate their polling place waiting times.
Or head over to Krispy Kreme for a gratis star-shaped, doughnut with red, white, and blue sprinkles. They will give the free doughnut to anyone who mentions the promotion, according to Biz Journals.com, but their website still says you need to show an “I Voted” sticker as of 1:45 pm today.
Miami.com lists some Election Day parties at local restaurants. SushiSamba Dromo will start the party at 7 pm and continue to serve their “Obamarama” and “Maverick” cocktails. Tonight, during “Election Day Cocktail Combat,” they will announce the winner of their cocktail election.
According to Sup blog, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort will serve discount drinks and complimentary tapas tonight. Chef Sean McDonald serves four special tapas, one in honor of each candidate.