Monday, November 3, 2008


Who knew voting could taste so yummy? Election day is just as much about freebies as freedom. So mark your ballot and enjoy the perks!

***IMPORTANT RULE FOR RECEIVING ELECTION DAY FREEBIES: Keep that “I Voted” Sticker!!! However, because of laws in certain areas that forbid “bribing,” not all places require you to prove you voted. However, the guilt of not voting and fulfilling your duty to your country should make you go vote. Exercise your right!

On that note, here’s some freebies you can get tomorrow:


1. Starbucks Coffee- free tall 12-ounce coffee to voters at participating locations.

2. Krispy Kreme- free donut with red, white and blue sprinkles. Bring your “
Customers who present an “I voted” sticker at participating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts locations will receive a as part of Krispy Kreme’s “Hot Vote Now” promotion. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.

3. Ben & Jerry's- free ice cream from 5-8pm across the U.S., one to a customer.

4. Babeland- free sex toy shop at New York or Seattle locations are planning to give away free silver bullets and sleeves to folks. Come with voter registration card, voting stub, or word of honor. (we got a good laugh about this at work)

5. Misc- depending on your voting location, there will be miscellaneous coupons and freebies out and about around poll sites on election day. So while most days, those annoying people handing out fliers are solicitors or crazy religious people, tomorrow they may just be hooking it up!

I used to think it was so lame in college when the student senate would give out free ice cream and pizza to students who voted in the student elections to lure hungry young scholars over to the voting booth. The school cared more about getting lots of voters than voters who cared. While I’m all about exercising the right to vote – be it the informed or the uniformed – this should exclude people who are literally closing their eyes, circling a name and spending more time deciding between pepperoni or cheese than on the which candidate is best.

However, tomorrow my objections to freebies go out the door. I have good reason for this though:

-The uninformed students were voting solely for free food. Some voters tomorrow may be uninformed but they represent a certain demographic of our country, the ignorant vote.

- At least people had to register to vote tomorrow, which shows they care … a little bit. In college registration entailed choosing ice cream or pizza?

-Standing in line is a pain in the ass and you should be rewarded.

Well, I don’t know about you but I feel better about receiving freebies for voting. I certainly convinced myself.