Election incentives: vote, shop and save local


As an incentive to get people to the polls on November 2, Readers’ Books is offering a 20 percent discount to anyone who comes to the store that day with an “I Voted” pin or an absentee voter chit.

“This is our way of getting as many folks to polls as possible,” said owner Andy Weinberger.

The idea caught on with other local businesses: nearly 30 have joined the get-out-the-vote effort. “Other merchants have joined us in this notion, although what they are offering their customers varies from place to place,” he said.

Weinberger said that the drive is important because “many fewer people vote in the midterm elections, and those that do are frequently angry or somewhat deranged. Voting when angry in my view is like going grocery shopping when you’re starving… not a smart idea. It would be better, fairer, at least, if everyone voted.”

Here is the list of voter-deal participants through Oct. 27:

Readers’ Books
Angelique
Artifax
Barking Dog Coffee
Bear Moon Clothing Co.
Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn
Chateau Sonoma
El Pueblo Motor Inn
The Epicurean Connection
Footcandy
H. Frank
Half-Pint
Lunita Farm (Kenwood)
Maya Restaurant
North Bay Made
Noyes Family Chiropractic
Regina Gregor Massage
Robins Nest
San Francisco Arts & Crafts
Tiddly Winks
The Total Look
Sebastiani Theater
Sonoma Home
Sonoma Valley Music
Sonoma Yarn
J. Sumner Gallery
Terra Firma Gallery
3 Dog Bakery
Unique Insurance Services, Inc.


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