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Voting lines are so ridiculously long that thousands of people had to order pizza

The good work of volunteers is making wait times a little more palatable (and delicious) for voters.

Voting lines are so ridiculously long that thousands of people had to order pizza
[Photo: Vita Marija Murenaite/Unsplash]

In what might be one of the largest midterm election turnouts in U.S. history, reports of frustratingly long voting lines are flooding social media from all around the country, with some would-be voters facing three- and even four-hour wait times. Michael J. Ryan, executive director of New York City’s Board of Elections, told the New York Times that the maddening mob scenes should be taken as a sign of a “robust democracy,” a comment that did not go over too well on Twitter.

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Fortunately, the good work of volunteers is making the wait times a little more palatable (and delicious) for the folks who just want to participate in our democracy. A group called Pizza to the Polls does exactly what it sounds like, using the pizza-ordering app Slice to bring sustenance to hungry voters who report long lines.

At last check, the group said it has delivered more than 6,000 pizzas to 366 polling places so far. If you search the hashtag #PizzaToThePolls, you can see this service is sorely–and sadly–needed, as people report long lines and tweet their respective thank-yous to these food-bearing heroes.

Pizza to the Polls is accepting donations to fulfill its mission, so if you feel like helping make democracy happen, have at it.

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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