Bring in the voters with food trucks and pop-up parties

Voting in elections is a civic duty of all Americans, but making it part of an enjoyable social experience could entice more voters to the polls. That’s the hope behind “Place-make the Vote,” one of the initiatives recently recognized by the Knight Foundation. In practice, the project will entail turning outdoor spaces adjacent to voting sites into temporary party spaces where people can eat and drink, socialize, and watch the entertainment.


The Long Beach-based company sponsoring the initiative, City Fabrick, plans to test the pop-up social spaces during California’s primary election in June 2016. Drawing on the lessons learned, City Fabrick plans to develop toolkits that could be customized for different localities. For more information, see “Could food trucks bring more voters to the polls in Long Beach?” Southern California Public Radio and “Place-make the Vote,” Knight Foundation.