If you need further proof that Election Day 2016 is nearing, head to Uptown Coffeehouse, 102 E. Grand River Ave. in downtown Howell, to participate in its third consecutive Presidential Cookie Poll.
Though the cookie poll is unofficial and unscientific, participants have correctly predicted the outcome of the last two presidential contests.
This year, in a first for the fun contest, there are three cookies from which to choose: A blue-sprinkled donkey to represent Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a red-sprinkled elephant to represent Republican nominee Donald Trump; and a multi color-sprinkled porcupine to represent Libertarian Gary Johnson.
Porcupine? The porcupine is one of the symbols used to represent libertarianism because it is a defensive animal that doesn’t harm anyone who leaves it alone, according to Wikimedia.
“I figured it was fitting to represent the Libertarian option,” said Uptown owner Lorna Brennan.
The contest runs through Election Day, and updates on cookie sales will be posted on social media throughout its run.
“This contest has always been a lot of fun,” Brennan said. “The customers enjoy it.”
Cookies are $1 each.
Uptown Coffeehouse is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call (517) 546-1124 for more information or follow on Twitter @UptownCoffeeHse, and on Facebook.
Top photo: Uptown owner Lorna Brennan poses with some of the political cookies for this election season’s Presidential Cookie Poll.