Across the country Donald Trump and the GOP are doing everything they can think of to suppress voter turnout. Afraid that in-person, ballot drop off and mail early voting will generate an overwhelming Democratic turnout, they are removing official drop off boxes, installing fake ones and closing polling places.
The result has been massively long lines in Georgia, Texas, Florida and elsewhere. But one group, Chefs for the Polls, is doing its best to support early voting by providing free meals to voters and poll workers who have been enduring hours-long waits in line.
Here’s the current situation at Cobb County’s early voting site in Marietta, Georgia. About 250 people remain in line—with 60 voting each hour. We spoke with someone who arrived at 7am and just voted. We have hot food on the way & will be serving dinner shortly! #ChefsForThePolls pic.twitter.com/UxUn7v8LMy
— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) October 12, 2020
The group is an initiative of celebrity/humanitarian chef Jose Andres. For the past 10 years his World Central Kitchen organization has fed tens of thousands of people around the world in response to natural and man-made disasters. His group is doing its best to help ensure that early voting and the Nov. 3 election day are not impacted by people going hungry.
On its website, Chefs for the Polls notes: “People often cast their vote before work, during their lunch break, or after work — all prime meal times. We also know that while long lines are an inconvenience for some, for many they can mean the difference between voting and not voting. For these reasons, World Central Kitchen and its partners are activating Chefs For The Polls to serve nourishing meals on early voting days and Election Day. We’ll be stationed by polling locations around the country, targeting those with historically long lines, predicted massive turnouts, or limited facilities, sharing meals with anyone – no questions asked. If we can help alleviate the challenges of Election Day, we will be there.”
Voters wait in a line that wrapped around the parking lot at Lark Library during early voting on Tuesday in McAllen, Texas.
📷 Delcia Lopez / The Monitor via AP pic.twitter.com/Ctn3yzm1zC
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 14, 2020