According to the U.S. Census, during the last significant election (2010), the observed amount of age-eligible citizens who voted in the United States was less than half. Let’s not let that happen this year!!
To give you plenty of incentive, quite a few companies are giving away freebies or hosting fun promotions today! Here’s a list of the freebies and promotional deals that I know of, feel free to add more in the comments section if I missed any!!
*Chili's is offering a free appetizer. Just go to their Facebook page and click "Get Offer"
*Daily Grill will give you a free appetizer with an "I Voted" sticker
*Eatn Park will give you a free coffee!!
*China Blossom Restaurant & Lounge, located in North Andover, MA, will reward Americans that exercise their right to vote with free food! After they hit the polls on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, guests are invited to bring their “I Voted” stickers to China Blossom and receive a free order of hand-made egg rolls or vegetarian spring rolls with any dine-in or take-out order. Reservations are recommended; please call China Blossom at 978-682-2242.
*White Castle, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain, is offering a FREE small Sweet Potato Waffle Fry with a purchase at any White Castle location to anyone who shows his or her “I Voted” sticker.
*Burger Lounge, famed for their 100% grass-fed beef burgers, is offering a special freebie for voters. Guests who present their “I Voted” sticker at any of the eight locations throughout Los Angeles and San Diego on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th, will receive a free ½ and ½ combo of Burger Lounge’s housemade onion rings and twice-fried hand-cut French fries with a choice of housemade barbecue sauce or ranch dressing. The offer is valid with purchase of any menu item at the restaurant.
*At 7-Eleven, you can vote for your presidential candidate with your choice of coffee cup and get a FREE coffee. You can check the results by state or nationwide online.
*Pinkberry, the leading yogurt retailer, has a Twitter promotion. On Election Day, vote for your favorite @Pinkberry flavor on Twitter using the hashtag #pinkthevote. 10 winners will be randomly selected on November 6 to win a free small yogurt with toppings.
*On November 6th, head on over to your localTijuana Flats with your “I Voted” sticker and you’ll snag a FREE appetizer.
*Head on over to your local Tim Hortons with your “I Voted” sticker and you’ll snag a FREE donut with any beverage purchase.
*A handful of McDonalds are offering free Big Macs at lunchtime today, with another purchase...you might want to call ahead to make sure your location is participating.
*Buca di Beppo is offering coupons for a free lunch item with purchase of a lunch item, $5 off a Famiglia Meal, or $10 off a Deluxe Famiglia Meal. The coupons are only valid on Election Day. See their website to print out coupons.
*Olive Garden: Come in with an 'I Voted' Sticker on Election Day and receive a free Dolcini dessert with any entree.
*Blockbuster: Tired of campaign commercials? Watch a movie instead. Stop by your local Blockbuster store on Election Day for a FREE .99 rental. (I think that means you choose a rental that is usually .99 cents and get it free...does anyone still have a Blockbuster near them?!? We don't, they all closed down!)
*Free flight sweepstakes: JetBlue is holding an Election Protection 2012 sweepstakes for the chance to win a free flight. To play, vote either Democrat or Republican in the airline's online poll, select a travel destination, and then submit your registration form. If the party you selected loses the election, you will be entered to win the sweepstakes. Winners will be selected November 7.
*The Merci, an online gift boutique, will be offering an “I VOTED” special only on election-day. If you vote (it’s on the honor system), you can take 11% off all of their “made in the US products” plus flat-rate $6.00 shipping on any order.
*Clipa is offering free “No Chip” Key Clips” to anyone who stops by Clipa’s headquarters (13885-A Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618) on Election Day.
*Citrix, which provides workplace/social collaboration software such as GoToMeeting and Podio, is helping employees both at Citrix and at businesses nationwide keep work schedules flexible on Election Day in an effort to help curb absenteeism. Logic is, if you can stay closer to home (and your polling place), you are more likely to vote. To wit, Citrix is offering free downloads of GoToMeeting and GoToMyPC on Election Day. See GoToMeeting/GOVOTE orGoToMyPC/GOVOTE.
*TheAll American Clothing Co.is planning on giving customers a freebie for election day. What’s interesting about it is they will have a choice, a vote, and a decision of two sales: 1) Save 10% on any one sweatshirt. Or, 2) Save 17% on two or more sweatshirts. As always, customers receive free shipping on orders of $99 or more. All of the clothing is USA Made. No matter what shoppers vote for, everybody wins. As one of the largest dealers in political memorabilia in the country, Lori Ferber Collectibles is offering free shipping on Election Day as well as a surprise political gift with every order.
*Lipzen, is offering their all-natural lip butters as part of a buy one – get TWO free special. All a customer has to do is choose their three lip butters, and then enter the coupon code “ivoted” (without quotes) at checkout.
*In an effort to get voters conveniently to the polls this coming Election Day,Hailo, the new cab hailing taxi app is offering $20.12 off taxi fares per customer on November 6. Essentially the promo will result in FREE rides for those whose fare total is less than $20.12. All you have to do is download the app and register a credit card, enter VOTEHAILO as a promo code and the discount is applied instantly. You can rock the vote with Rogue Valley, a band out of Minneapolis, that is offering a free album to anyone who sends a photo of themselves with an “I Voted” sticker to firstname.lastname@example.org. More details can be found here.
*Marinello Schools of Beauty– a national brand of beauty schools with 62 locations nationwide – is offering complimentary haircuts November 5-9, 2012 to guests who show an “I Voted” sticker and make an additional in-store service or retail purchase. For a list of Marinello Schools of Beauty campus locations, hours of operation or additional information call 800-648-3413 or visit www.marinello.com.
*On Election Day, Chicago-based Bar 1 is offering all Bud products for 99 cents at all of its Windy City locales, including: Duffy’s Tavern & Grille, Durkin’s Tavern, Maeve, McGee’s Tavern & Grille, Redmond’s Ale House and The Wrightwood Tap. In true democratic fashion, Bar 1 will be holding its own mock election for the next president. Each participating bar will have polling places where citizens can informally make their vote for the next president. Winners of the faux-election will be announced and each voting participant will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a brand new 50-inch TV! For more information please visit or call 773-868-8073.
*Half-price car rental: Zipcar is offering 50% off on hourly rates from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 6. There is no requirement to vote. See Zip to the Polls for more information.
*Free taxi ride: On-demand car and taxi service Uber will give you a free ride to your polling place on Tuesday. To place your taxi request, enter the promo code 'VOTECHI,' select the 'TAXI' option in Uber's iPhone or Android app (or via m.uber.com) and your cab will arrive in minutes. See the Uber blog for more information.
*Macaroni Grill is offering $10 off $20 online orders with code RMGTOGO
*Macys is offering a 20% off sale. Use code ELECT to get 20% off online