8,000 piz­zas sent to hun­gry vot­ers stuck in long lines

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PHOENIX — A group sent 8,000 piz­zas to hun­gry vot­ers as they waited in long lines that plagued polling places across the coun­try Tues­day.

The group Pizza to the Polls col­lects so­cial me­dia re­ports of long lines and doles out piz­zas ac­cord­ingly. The non­profit en­joyed a boost in re­cent days be­cause of tweets and do­na­tions from celebri­ties like De­bra Mess­ing, Alyssa Mi­lano, Mandy Moore and Pat­ton Oswalt, rais­ing more than $300,000 over a 24-hour pe­riod.

Co-founder Katie Har­low of Port­land, Ore­gon, said she and two friends came up with the idea in 2016 af­ter see­ing long lines dur­ing the early vot­ing.

“We just wanted a way to help out and siphon our jit­ters into some­thing pro­duc­tive,” she said. They picked pizza to keep peo­ple in line be­cause of its mass ap­peal and be­cause it’s eas­ily shared.

Yoga teacher Angie Starz ate some cheese pizza de­liv­ered by the group dur­ing her two-hour wait to cast her bal­lot in Chicago on Mon­day.

“Peo­ple that were crabby and quiet trans­formed into talk­a­tive and were con­nect­ing with one an­other,” she said. “It’s amaz­ing how a lit­tle bit of pizza can shift a mood.”

The pizza de­liv­er­ies were a barom­e­ter of where the worst lines were oc­cur­ring.

“The worst has been Ge­or­gia. We’re get­ting re­ports of three-hour, four-hour lines. Which is re­ally frus­trat­ing for us,” she said. “We re­ally wish we didn’t have to do this.”

Har­low said they will be de­liv­er­ing pizza in 2020 as well and will aim to do so un­til peo­ple aren’t wait­ing in vot­ing lines any­more.

“We know we’re not chang­ing the world with piz­zas, but it’s nice to feel like you’re mak­ing a dif­fer­ence,” she said.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

VOT­ERS WAIT IN LINE to cast their bal­lots at a re­lo­cated polling sta­tion Tues­day in Chan­dler, Ariz.

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