Here is the free and discounted stuff you can get on Election Day

After you go to the polls this Election Day, you may be able to go get some freebies.

Restaurants, transportation companies and other businesses are encouraging voters to vote by offering discounts or free products.

But if they require customers to show proof of voting like an “I Voted” sticker, they may not be legal, experts say. When federal candidates are on the ballot, it is illegal to pay or offer to pay others for registering to vote, or for actually voting, according to Nation’s Restaurant News, a trade publication.

See: Election Day poll voters reporting shortages of ‘I Voted’ stickers

But that hasn’t stopped some businesses, especially those that skirt that law by offering discounts or free products to anyone who asks, not just those who say they’ve voted.

If you want to take advantage of these one-day-only offers, here’s where you can do it:

Food across the U.S.

The organization Pizza to the Polls will send free pizza from local vendors to any polling lines.

Shake Shack is offering free fries with any purchase, by either showing your voting sticker at a store, or entering the code “ivoted” on the restaurant’s app.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will give a free extra scoop at its stores on Election Day.

See: Why Patagonia and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams really want you to vote in the midterm elections Tuesday

The California Tortilla chain will give out free chips and queso at its stores, when you show a voting sticker or tell the cashier that you voted.

Potbelly, the sandwich chain, will give a free cookie with any entree.

Stumptown Coffee is giving free coffees to those who canvassed, helped register voters or is volunteering at the polls on Nov. 6.

Baked by Melissa, the cupcake store, is giving 10% off on Election Day.

Bobo’s, a Colorado-based oat bar company, is giving free bars to those who tag the brand on social media.

And the chain Corner Bakery Cafe is offering free coffee to those who come into the stores with stickers showing they voted.

Regional food deals

There are probably deals to be had at local restaurants in your area, too. For example, in Miami, you can avail yourself of complimentary mojitos and mini daiquiris after casting your ballot, while in Philadelphia you could tuck into a free miniature budino (it’s a dessert item), among other offerings.

Birch Coffee in New York is offering free drip coffee to voters, and The Roasterie in Kansas City, Mo., is, too.


Need a ride to vote? There are deals from Uber, Lyft, Motivate (a company that operates bicycle-share programs in cities like Chicago, New York, Boston and San Francisco), as well as public transit in cities including Kansas City, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, N.M.

Clothing and cosmetics

Check with your favorite retailers, too.

Some, like Everlane and ModCloth, have modified their hours or are closed to allow their employees and shoppers more time to hit the polls. But others, like Tarte Cosmetics, are offering Election Day deals.

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