You might not have heard, but today is sort of gonna be a BFD for America. You know, Election Day. New president. Future of the nation. That stuff.
If you haven’t already taken advantage of early or absentee voting, you’ll definitely want to make sure to take a trip to you nearest polling location. Because first of all, it’s important to vote (obviously) but second of all — you get a free sticker to show off on social media! And that sticker might just help you snag some free goodies from retailers who are interested in supporting voters.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: any company that offers free stuff in direct exchange for proof of voting is actually committing election fraud, based on US Code 597. That said, who care? Free food is free food, and when it comes right down to it, it’s the companies who will be dinged if anyone decides to pursue action against them, not you.
Here’s a roundup of companies offering free food — illegally or no — on Tuesday. Take off work early, hit up all of them, and, oh yeah…VOTE. Because, as Obama says, if you can find time to snag a free taco, you can find time to vote.
UPROXX’S PARTY-AT-THE POLLS ELECTION PARTY CO-SPONSORED BY TURBOVOTE.ORG AND ANOTHER KIND CAFE: At Another Kind Cafe in Laguna Beach, Uproxx and TurboVote are co-hosting an election day party. We’re giving away 300 egg rolls and Ben & Jerry’s is sending an ice cream truck to give away free scoops from 4-8pm. All bills are 10% off.
Caviar: This food delivery service will cancel your delivery fees today. All you have to do is type in ELECTIONS16 at checkout. Caviar delivers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, D.C., Chicago, Portland, Sacramento, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.
Shake Shack: Free scoop of custard at all non-stadium locations.
World Of Beer: Every customer’s first beer is just $1.
White Castle: Free gallon of iced tea with purchase of a Crave Case. Customers have to present a coupon in the restaurants or use the promo code: “USA” when ordering online.
Krispy Kreme: Show your “I Voted” sticker at participating shops and get a free donut.
Bagatelle Miami Beach: Snag a free “Carlito’s Way” — the restaurant’s hibiscus Champagne cocktail — after voting. Show your “I Voted” sticker to get your drink.
Chuck E. Cheese: Score a free personal-sized pepperoni pizza with any other pizza purchase. Use this coupon.
7-Eleven: Get a free cup of coffee at participating shops, through the 7-Eleven mobile app. (It’s unclear if maybe this is just an ongoing offer.)
Great American Cookies: Show your “I Voted” sticker at participating stores and get one free regular cookie.
Piola: Get a free pizza pie just for showing proof that you voted.
&pizza: No free pie, but you can get a free drink.
East Coast Wings and Grill: Any guest can get five free honey BBQ chicken wings with each adult entree.
Noodles and Company: Vote for your favorite mac and cheese on the company’s website and you’ll get a buy one, get one free coupon for a regular bowl of noodles.
California Tortilla: Free chips and queso with any purchase when you say one of the three phrases: “Make queso great again,” “I’m with queso,” or “I vote for queso.”
Hard Rock Cafe: Wear your “I Voted” sticker, and you’ll be given a free dessert with the purchase of two entrees. (Call ahead, this promo is run on a location by location basis.)
BurgerFi: Honor this insane election with the Conflicted Burger for $5 — which features natural angus beef and a veggie patty with both American and White Cheddar cheese.
Duffy’s Sports Grill: Treat yourself to a free red velvet doughnut when you walk in with an “I Voted” sticker.
Hot Dog on a Stick: The beloved chain is running a Facebook poll to ask, “What turkey are you voting for?” Choose your favorite candidate to receive a coupon for a free turkey dog.
Nando’s Peri-Peri: Come in and “pick a side” — giving you one free side order with the purchase of an entree.
Nestlé Toll House Café: Free chocolate chip cookie with an “I Voted” sticker
Bodega: Get a free shot of tequila when you vote. (This one feels particularly murky because it’s trading alcohol. Let us know if it works for you!)
Bob Evans: 30% off your entire (dine-in or carryout) order with this coupon.
Marco’s Pizza: Supposedly, they’re offering a free pizza voucher, but we have our free pizza team on it and the whole thing is pretty cryptic.
Bahama Breeze: A quick $10 off a $30 order. Alcohol excluded.
Bertucci’s: Free cannoli, with the purchase of entree. Hard to tell if this is voting related, but who doesn’t want a cannoli?