These chains are offering freebies and deals on Election Day

  • Midterm elections are happening across the United States on November 6. 
  • Voter turnout typically isn't great for midterms, so some brands offer freebies and deals to those who show their "I Voted" stickers.
  • Offering free food as an incentive to voters falls in a legal gray area, but many brands get around that by offering the perks to anyone who asks for them, rather than only allowing voters to get the perks. 
  • Here are the places offering deals this Election Day. 

Midterm elections aren't known for great turnouts. To help change that, many brands are offering freebies and deals for voters. 

Only about four in 10 eligible Americans vote in midterm elections, according to Fortune. In the past, stores like 7-Eleven and White Castle have offered incentives to customers who show an "I Voted" sticker. 

There have been questions in the past whether brands' incentivizing voters is legal.

"It is illegal in elections when federal candidates are on the ballot to offer free stuff (including free food or drink) to people upon proof of voting," said Rick Hasen, a law professor at UC Irvine told Nation's Restaurant News.

However, many brands find a way around this by offering the perks to anyone who asks for them, not just to customers who show an "I Voted" sticker.

Here are some of the places offering deals this Election Day: 

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These chains are offering freebies and deals on Election Day

Shake Shack is offering free fries with an order if you show an "I Voted" sticker or use the code "ivoted" at checkout. 

Source: USA Today

(Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Potbelly Sandwich Shop is offering a free cookie with any order on Tuesday or Wednesday. You don't need proof that you voted — just ask.

Source: USA TodayPotbelly

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Vote for queso! Tomorrow, we’re thanking our guests with free chips and queso with any purchase for doing their civic duty. Just say “I VOTED” or show off your “I VOTED!” sticker when placing your order on November 6th. Valid in-store only. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotions. #Electionday2018 #Vote #ElectionDay

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is offering $1 off a sub on Election Day.

Source: USA Today

(Photo: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop/Facevook)

Tomorrow is the big day - make sure you get to the polls to be heard. (There might be a long line... so don't forget your snacks). #GetOatTheVote #GOTV #IAmAVoter #MakeYourVoiceHeard

Chameleon Cold Brew is offering a voucher for a free 10-ounce cold brew if you post a selfie with an "I Voted" sticker, tagging @ChameleonColdBrew and using the hashtag #FuelTheVote.

Source: USA Today

(Photo: Chameleon Cold-Brew/Facebook)

Taco John's is offering a free order of chips and nacho cheese with any order placed on its app. Tuesday is also National Nacho Day.

Source: USA Today

(Photo: Taco John's/Facebook)

Corner Bakery Cafe is offering free coffee to voters who show stickers at any of its locations across 26 states.

Source: USA Today

(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

We want BREW on #ElectionDay. Voting feels good and so does a Groothie smoothie, medium hot coffee or Cold Brew on the house at participating cafes. See you tomorrow #Saxbaes. 📸: @avenue_west / @hannah_westerman_art
In Los Angeles, all the 1933 Group bars are offering $1 Moscow Mules or Old Fashioneds between 5 and 7 p.m. on Election Day. The bars are Oldfields, Bigfoot Lodge, Bigfoot Lodge West, Harlowe, Sassafras, Idle Hour, Thirsty Crow, Highland Park Bowl, and La Cuevita.

Source: LA Magazine

(Photo: 1933 Group/Facebook)

New York City's Black Seed Bagels is offering a free cup of Stumptown coffee with any purchase and an "I Voted" sticker at each of its four locations.

Source: Refinery29

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Toby's Estate, also in NYC, is offering $1 drip coffee at any of its five locations on Tuesday.

Source: Refinery29

(Photo: Toby's Estate/Facebook)
NYC's Birch Coffee is offering a free drip coffee at any of its 10 locations on Election Day.
 
Source: Refinery29

(Photo: Birch Coffee/Facebook)
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