And now we wait. And eat.
Today is the day when Americans (who have not yet voted early) will vote for President Donald Trump or his Democratic challenger Joe Biden. But it doesn’t have to be the date that we will know who won, as counting votes sent by mail and absentee ballots can delay verifying results for days, if not longer. After all, the controversial 2000 presidential election didn’t call George W. Bush until December. And the country Not amid a deadly pandemic that followed.
So naturally, many people are planning to soothe themselves with comfort food (and marijuana, and alcohol) while they wait for the results. First polling stations close at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
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For example, a reddit thread titled “What do you stress on election night”; was among the most read topics on the home page of an online forum on Tuesday morning, attracting thousands of comments. Some clear trends have emerged, including starchy and cheese-rich foods such as pizza, nachos, chips and toast, as well as sweets including ice cream, chocolate and Halloween candies. left over.
Voters also tweeted pictures of their Election Day stockpiles on Tuesday, and one user shared a snapshot of his local supermarket’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream box, which was cleaned up. .
Some also admit that they intend to become addicted to evils such as alcohol, tobacco and marijuana while conducting one of the most important elections in our nation’s history, taking place in the midst of an The epidemic has infected at least 9.3 million Americans, and killed more than 230,000.
That’s not surprising, considering more than two-thirds of American adults surveyed by the American Psychological Association (68%) said this election was a source of “considerable stress. ”, Compared with 52% say the same 2016. And a OnePoll survey of 2,000 US adults found that 55% thought Election Day 2020 would be“ the most stressful day of their lives ”.
Read:‘Worried about not getting the election results we want’: 5 things to do on Election Night instead of worry
Of course, some brands are taking advantage of this buzz and uncertainty by offering Voter Day free and discount software to voters.
For example, Krispy Kreme is giving away a complimentary Donut Glazed Original to each customer at participating stores. And McDonald’s US: MCD
are giving away one of the new pastry items to each customer – including fried apples, blueberry muffins and cinnamon rolls – with the purchase of an iced or hot coffee via their app.
If it’s the burger you crave, Boston Market will offer a free slider for each guest, no purchase required, after 9pm And White Castle offers a $ 4 discount on orders from $ 20 yell upwards through Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Postmate on Tuesday. Or, Wendy’s is giving away a free Classic Chicken Sandwich with purchase to customers who download the mobile app.
DoorDash and GrubHub US: GRUB
is also offering deals for Tuesday take-out takers. DoorDash offers free shipping on all orders over $ 15 with a promo code VOTE, while DashPass members (who have been given free shipping on orders over $ 12 ) can enjoy 10% of their orders with the DPVOTE code. Grubhub in the future will have more than 30 deals in the Perks tab of the Grubhub and Seamless app for places like 7-Eleven and Burger King.
Looking for something more powerful? Chili’s is pouring out her Presidente Margarita for just $ 5 on Election Day and handing out commemorative stickers.
And badge polls can get free meals from Chopt and Dos Toros Taqueria (up to $ 15 at both restaurants) and a free sandwich. from Shake Shack US: SHAK
as thanks for their public service.
Meanwhile, Uber US: UBER
and US Lift: LIFT
are on discounts for trips to polls. Lyft riders can get a 50% discount on a go to a polling station or voting box with a $ 10 limit using the 2020VOTE code, and the company is also partnering with nonprofits such as More Than a Vote and Student Veterans of America to provide free rides within certain areas. Uber has listed voting points in its app and offers a 50% discount on inbound and outbound trips, discounting up to $ 7 per way. It has also partnered with Pizza to the Polls to help coordinate free food requests for waiting in line voters.
Some voters told MarketWatch they were worried about civil unrest and violence after the election. A YouGov survey of 1,500 Americans published in early October found that more than half of respondents expected to see election violence.
So both Trump and Biden supporters have been hoarding cash, food, gas, and even things like butane-powered stoves in case of a power outage in the long run.
Read: Both Trump and Biden voters are hoarding cash, gas and food in preparation for possible volatility on Election Day – ‘It’s not a natural disaster. It is an election ‘
Once you’ve stocked up on your snacks and essentials, you can sit down to watch the election results – or literally tune in to anything else so you don’t have to bother about it. Here’s a list of 20 shows to go live if you need to get rid of the stress of Election Night.