Breaking News Bar
posted: 10/10/2012 10:41 AM

Vote with your bottle cap at South Elgin restaurant

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • At Stanley's Ale House in South Elgin, patrons can drop a bottle cap into the oversized plastic bottle to vote for their presidential choice. Votes will be tallied with others across the country until Nov. 4.

       At Stanley's Ale House in South Elgin, patrons can drop a bottle cap into the oversized plastic bottle to vote for their presidential choice. Votes will be tallied with others across the country until Nov. 4.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 

Besides casting a paper ballot for the November presidential election, local diners can vote with bottle caps for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama in South Elgin. The "Fork Over Your Vote" poll is tallying the preferences at independent restaurants across the country, including at Stanley's Ale House.

Most restaurants give their customers jelly beans when they sit down to eat and ask them to vote for their preferred candidate. But Stanley's owner Scott Stanley said he decided to get creative. Patrons can put beer bottle caps into giant beer bottles in the restaurant lobby during their meals -- even if they've voted before -- all adding to a nationwide tally that will be open until Nov. 4.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Royalty Rewards first started the poll through participating restaurants during the 2004 presidential election. That year and in 2008 the totals accurately reflected the national winner, Stanley said.

While kids can't vote for president yet, they can cast their votes with bottle caps at Stanley's. Three different pee-wee football teams filed through during last weekend's homecoming with the future voters getting excited about the election process, taking Stanley back to his own memories of childhood.

"I remember when I was in middle school -- I think it was Reagan and Carter -- how excited we got to run our own election in school," Stanley said.

Regular customers have been voting repeatedly, canceling out each other's votes and then ordering a new meal to get another bottle cap.

Restaurants in Peru and Oswego, Ill., are also participating.

The national tally is updated weekly at forkoveryourvote.com.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here