Early voting began October 22, and as a reward for doing your civic duty ahead of schedule, the people behind Drink for Democracy want to give you a break on your beverage bill.
Started by Dallas resident Rupal Dalal and her husband, Ron Rodenberg, Drink for Democracy has set up signs with QR codes at several polling stations around Dallas. People who scan the QR code will be taken to a website that confirms they voted early.
That email confirmation ensures that if you visit Union Bear or People’s Last Stand you can order special discount drinks. Zini’s Pizzeria at Cedar Springs and Monica’s Nueva Cocina are also offering a 15 percent discount for those who exercised their right to vote.
“We’re not trying to sell you on anybody in the election,” says spokesperson Dana Centola. “We just want everyone to be engaged.”
Drink for Democracy’s website lists candidates in the Dallas County election on November 6 with links to their websites, Twitter handles and Facebook pages.
“That part of the site is so you can educate yourself about the people that will be making decisions on your behalf,” says D4D spokesperson Dana Centola.
The section eschews party affiliations, unless you opt in to see them. And we remind you that if you’re still undecided after three debates and two centuries of campaigning, you can see how your beliefs stack up with the presidential candidates at iSideWith.com.
In addition to ongoing deals at the bars and restaurants, Drink for Democracy is hosting a happy hour October 27, 4-6 pm, at Dish on Cedar Springs. It includes $2 off specialty cocktails and glasses of wine, as well as $4 premium calls and complimentary appetizers.
“Rupal went to Dish with the idea about Drink for Democracy first, and we built off that,” Centola says. “It’s the first Saturday after early voting, but it’s also the perfect start to the Oak Lawn Halloween party that is going on that night.”
Centola also says that if you don’t have a smartphone or you’re polling station doesn’t have the QR codes, a picture of you at the polling station will suffice.
“This is pure grassroots,” Centola says. “We’re not trying to sell you on anybody in the election. We just want everyone to be engaged.”