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Free food and discounts are up for grabs this Election Day regardless of whether you have an “I Voted” sticker.
Krispy Kreme is giving away glazed doughnuts to all along with a special voting sticker while supplies last Tuesday. Planet Fitness is offering a way to work off the stress of the election with a free workout and massage Tuesday through Nov. 8.
With more mail-in ballots and early voting this year, fewer people will have the “I Voted” stickers as proof to show they voted. According to federal law, it technically is illegal to offer freebies in exchange for votes and businesses typically skirt this by offering the deals to all.
Election Day also is National Sandwich Day and several restaurants are offering discounts and specials on subs Tuesday.
Free and discounted rides to the polls
A popular Election Day discount is a ride to the polls. Aside from ride-sharing apps offering deals, several cities and communities are providing free rides on Election Day including Los Angeles and Indianapolis, Indiana. Check with your local transit system to see if they have an offer.
Lyft: Get 50% off one ride up to $10 Tuesday to any polling location or dropbox using the code 2020VOTE. Lyft also is including its network of bikes and scooters in select cities in this offer.
The North American Bikeshare Association: The association’s Roll to the Polls industry-wide campaign offers ”free or reduced-cost transportation to voters” Tuesday. Learn more here.
Uber: Get 50% off roundtrip rides to the polls, up to $7 each way or up to $14 for the two trips. Uber says the discounts will be “automatically applied when you request your ride by using the polling finder,” which is an in-app feature. Terms and conditions apply and this offer is not available in California and Michigan.
Election Day freebies and deals
Here are the deals available Tuesday at participating locations unless otherwise noted. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.
Boston Market: From 9 p.m. to close at all locations nationwide Tuesday, get one free slider. No purchase is necessary. The new sliders — including Chicken Cheddar, Turkey Cheddar, Chicken Chipotle and BBQ Meatloaf — are part of Boston Market’s new Late Night menu.
Chili’s: Through Election Day, get the Presidente Margarita for $5 and a free commemorative sticker while supplies last. Chili’s also is hosting a contest. Learn more at www.chilis.com.
DoorDash: The on-demand delivery app will have free delivery on all orders with a $15 minimum placed on Election Day with promo code VOTE. For DashPass subscribers that already have zero delivery fees on orders over $12, DoorDash is providing 10% off orders with code DPVOTE. The codes should be entered at checkout.
Grubhub: The on-demand app will have more than 30 discounts in the Perks tab in the Grubhub or Seamless apps including for 7-Eleven, Burger King and California Pizza Kitchen.
Krispy Kreme: All guests get a free Original Glazed Doughnut and an “I Voted” sticker Tuesday, while supplies last.
McDonald’s: Starting Tuesday and through Nov. 9, McDonald’s is giving away its new pastry items with the purchase of a hot or iced coffee through its app. The offer in the app can be used once per day. The new McCafé Bakery lineup includes an apple fritter, blueberry muffin and cinnamon roll.
Pizza to the Polls: The nonprofit group Pizza to the Polls is delivering pizzas across the country and sending food trucks with snacks to lines in 25 cities. Uber Eats has partnered with the groups and says the food trucks will be giving out free Shake Shack, Milk Bar and more. Send reports of long lines at https://polls.pizza.
Planet Fitness: Starting Tuesday through Nov. 8, Planet Fitness is offering everyone who votes a free workout and HydroMassage. Find your local gym at www.planetfitness.com/gyms. The company also is hosting a special workout 6 p.m. Tuesday on Facebook with “exercises and tips to de-stress after voting — a much-needed activity to help ease everyone into a post-election routine.”
Red Lobster: Get free delivery Tuesday on Grubhub orders over $25.
Scribd: Create a new account through Tuesday and get 30 days of free access to Scribd’s digital library of over a million premium ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and more. Users will not be required to enter their credit card information to sign up for Scribd “during the eligibility period,” the company says. Learn more at www.scribd.com/read2020.
Shake Shack: Poll workers get a free sandwich including the Shackburger and the Chick’n Shack through Election Day with proof of badge. The offer is only valid for “in-shack” ordering.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Go to www.unos.com/pizzavote to get a buy-one-get-one free pizza coupon code emailed. The offer is valid for dine-in or takeout at participating locations through Election Day.
White Castle: Get $4 off orders of $20 or more through Grubhub, Uber Eats and Postmates on Tuesday. Also, White Castle is closing all of its locations from 7 to 11 a.m. to allow employees time to vote.
More deals: Local restaurants and smaller chains will also offer Election Day freebies and specials. Check social media accounts for deal announcements.
National Sandwich Day deals, freebies
The following deals are available Tuesday unless otherwise noted at participating locations. Some require an app and most are while supplies last. Offers can vary by franchise.
Corner Bakery Cafe: On Tuesday and Wednesday, buy a sandwich or panini and get a second one free at participating locations, which are listed at www.cornerbakerycafe.com/offers.
Firehouse Subs: Loyalty members get double points Tuesday when they order a medium or large Hook & Ladder sub.
Jersey Mike’s Subs: Get $2 off any regular sub through Nov. 6 with app orders and code SANDDAY2OFF.
Jimmy John’s: Freaky Fast Rewards members get 50% off any 8-inch sandwich Tuesday. The chain also has an ongoing deal through Nov. 8. Buy one 8-inch or 16-inch sandwich and get 50% off the lowest priced sandwich with code SAVEON2.
Sonic Drive-In: Get half-price cheeseburgers from 5 p.m. until restaurants close Tuesday as part of Sonic’s weekly family night.
Subway: Through Wednesday, Subway MyWay Rewards members have an offer for buy-one-get-one free any footlong sub. Also for a limited time, get a free footlong when you purchase two in the app or on the website at participating locations. According to the website, the discount “shows in cart if a shop is participating.”
Wendy’s: Through Nov. 8, get a free Classic Chicken Sandwich with any purchase and an offer in its app. The sandwich usually costs $4.99.
More deals: Local restaurants and smaller chains will also offer Sandwich Day specials. Check social media accounts for deal announcements.
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