The incident occured at a Starbucks store like this one. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen
Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

Secretary of State Alex Padilla donned a green apron Tuesday and worked the counter at a San Fernando Valley Starbucks as a way of encouraging people to register to vote.

Padilla worked alongside Starbucks baristas and counter workers, handing out coffee and goodies — along with encouragement to take part in the November election. The appearance was part of a program called “Democracy at Work,” an outreach effort aimed at employees and customers.

“The voter registration deadline is fast approaching,” Padilla said. ” … If you register to vote or update your registration online through, you’ll be done in a few minutes and your coffee will still be nice and warm. If we want to break records with voter participation we need to partner with businesses and do greater outreach.”

In conjunction with the program, all company-owned Starbucks stores in the state will display a “Coffee and Democracy” poster that highlights voter- registration deadlines and the online registration website —

“Starbucks’ intention is nonpartisan and it is simple: by helping increase voter registration and participation, we believe more people will have an opportunity to make their voices count,” said John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president for global responsibility, community and public policy.

–City News Service 

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