If you're in America, you should know that tomorrow is Election Day. Sadly, in years past, voter turnout has been lower than you'd expect in a country where you have the chance to choose your own leader.
I have a suggestion for everybody who wants to help boost turnout in this election. Send an e-mail right now to your office promising doughnuts for anyone who can bring in a voting receipt on Tuesday or Wednesday. [UPDATE: EmilyB in the comments remarks it may not be legal to offer an incentive to vote - even a doughnut. Don't do it if it's illegal where you live. I'm researching my area as I speak. So far - nothing definitive.] As a 20 year veteran of the workplace I can tell you that people do things for doughnuts.
If they won't vote to change the way the most powerful nation on Earth is governed, maybe they'll do it for a chocolate frosted original with sprinkles.
Why doughnuts? Why not fruit or beef jerky or pre-made salads? Everyone knows that doughnuts are the Official Food of Corporate America. Are you more likely to be motivated by a bunch of lettuce with oil and vinegar or a decadent fried jelly-filled mound of lard and sugar? Maybe I should rephrase that - Because it's tradition!
Give it a shot - maybe that glazed doughnut will help remove the glazed look in a non-voting co-worker's eyes.
If your state doesn't give voter receipts, have people in your office attest on a sign-up sheet to their participation in the democratic process before you give them a nice shot of sugar. Hit up senior management first. The toadies in your office will be motivated just by seeing their names at the top of the sheet.
And for Pete's sake, go vote yourself.