These chains are offering freebies and deals on Election Day

Shake Shack is offering free fries with an

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Shake Shack is offering free fries with an “I Voted” sticker or the code “ivoted.”
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Facebook/Shake Shack

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:


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

Shake Shack is offering free fries with an

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Facebook/Shake Shack

Source: USA Today


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.

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Facebook/Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Source: USA Today, Potbelly


California Tortilla is offering a free order of chips and queso at all 50 locations if you say “I voted” at checkout.

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Facebook/California Tortilla

Source: USA Today


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

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Facebook/Capriottis Sandwich Shop

Source: USA Today


Bobo’s is offering a free oat bar if you tag @eatbobos on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and use the hashtag #GetOatTheVote.

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Facebook/Bobo’s Oar Bars

Source: USA Today


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.

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Facebook/Chameleon Cold Brew

Source: USA Today


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.

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Facebook/Taco John’s

Source: USA Today


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

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Facebook/Corner Bakery Cafe

Source: USA Today


In Philly, coffee chain Saxbys is giving away a medium hot coffee, a medium cold brew, or a medium Groothie smoothie to anyone who comes in on Election Day.

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Facebook/Saxbys

Source: Eater


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.

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Facebook/1933 Group

Source: LA Magazine


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.

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Facebook/Black Seed Bagels

Source: Refinery29


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

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Facebook/Toby’s Estate

Source: Refinery29


NYC’s Birch Coffee is offering a free drip coffee at any of its 10 locations on Election Day.

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Facebook/Birch Coffee

Source: Refinery29


Read more of Business Insider’s 2018 midterm election coverage:

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