Americans donated more than 10,000 pizzas to voters this election
Americans showed how much they cared about the elections this year, in the form of votes and pizza.
Nonprofit organization Pizza to the Polls raised more than $376,000, and sent out more than 10,000 pizza pies, to polling stations across the country this year, according to its site. The nonprofit uses Slice, a pizza delivery app, to find pizzerias near polling stations with long lines or technical difficulties. It also relies on people to report any polling places that could use some pizza.
As of 1:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, the organization sent out 9,982 pizza pies to 576 polling stations across 43 states and still had more than $154,000 remaining. Whatever money isn’t used on election night goes toward feeding hungry Americans voting or marching in the future, the nonprofit’s site said.
Citizens and celebrities alike were donating to the cause, just one more way to encourage their fellow Americans to vote in the midterm elections. (Many voters were also sharing pictures of themselves sporting “I Voted” stickers, if they were early enough to get one).
Pizza may not seem like much of a worthy cause, but it helps keep potential voters from leaving long lines at the polling stations. Josh Chafetz, a professor of law at Cornell Law School, said he contributed $100 to Pizza To the Polls in a tweet. “It may sound somewhat silly, but long lines at polling places are largely a result of attempts to disenfranchise particular groups of voters,” he wrote. “Anything we can do to help people stay in line is, [in my opinion], good for democracy.”
Voters faced a few hurdles this election. Some lines were unnaturally long because of malfunctioning polling machines or so few machines available in certain areas. Some lines were even hours-long, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Voters faced registration problems in Texas and North Carolina, while others in South Carolina said the machines flipped their votes. One Georgia county passed out provisional paper ballots until the machines were working again.
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