Both the Toco Hills and Ponce City Market locations of Spiller Park Coffee want to help get the vote out ahead of Georgia’s supercharged gubernatorial race between Stacey Abrams (D) and Brian Kemp (R) on November 6. The coffeehouse, from Atlanta coffee veteran Dale Donchey and chef Hugh Acheson (Empire State South), posted a call to action on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
Dear #Atlanta we’d like to be a pick up location for #voters to carpool to the polls. We’d love to give them a little coffee to help them make good choices. Any suggestions for organizations that can help make this happen? #GetOutTheVote #ATLvoters #yourvoicecounts #catcharide— Spiller Park Coffee (@spillerpark) August 15, 2018
Spiller Park hopes to be a pick-up location for voters in need of a free ride to the polls through organizations like MyRideToVote. These organizations often provide rides for people who otherwise are without access to a car or direct access via public transportation to their appointed polling stations. In addition, Spiller Park plans on holding a voter drive to help people register to vote before November.
“Our goal always as a small business in Atlanta is to create as much impact within our community as possible. And, what better way than during an election that could/will change all of our lives both locally and nationally,” Donchey tells Eater Atlanta. “The choices of the people around us are often silenced by the sheer lack of a ride [to a polling station] or a voter ID...if we, as a company, can help make their voices heard easier...well, we’ve done our fucking job to our community.”
The November midterm election in Georgia also includes several state and U.S. house seats up for grabs as well as a public referendum in Atlanta—and throughout much of the state—on the Sunday brunch bill—aka the ”mimosa mandate”.