Your favorite restaurant may have technically broke the law.
From Krispy Kremes,
to Chuck E. Cheese, BurgerFi, Firehouse Subs and others you can score
delicious freebies by proudly displaying your "I Voted" sticker on
But those stickers really shouldn't be able to get
you anything for free. Those deals are breaking federal election law --
regardless if the intent is to encourage civic engagement or not.
basic line on this is in an election where a federal candidate is on
the ballot, you cannot give anyone any reward -- anything of any value
-- for turning out to vote,” said Rick Hasen, a professor of law and
political science at the University of California, Irvine told the New York Times. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a civic pride thing or if it’s not about any one candidate.”
So how can these big companies and restaurants continue to offer deals every four years?
Hasen told the newspaper that companies are rarely, if ever, penalized for it.