Election days used to be a grand spectacle in the United States. Once you cast your ballot, there would be picnics, music, and plenty of time to get together with friends and family as everyone celebrated the day.
Now, we may treat the election process as just rushing into a closed-off booth for a few minutes before heading off to work, but several restaurants and chains are keeping that tradition alive with some enticing food specials.
For those wondering, it is technically illegal to entice people to vote with goods or cash. However, the workaround is pretty easy for restaurants, as it's fair game to offer up the deal to anyone who asks for it. They're still keeping that Election Day tradition alive, though, by being a place for anyone to come in, relax, and eat, regardless of whether you voted or not.
Here's a list of several places across the country offering up these specials on November 6th:
Shake Shack is giving out free fries with their burgers on Election Day. To redeem, you simply have to show up wearing an "I Voted" sticker or enter the code "ivoted" in the Shake Shack app.
West Coast fast-casual chain Lemonade is giving out free cups of their namesake beverage on the 6th with the purchase of any item. All you need to get in on the deal is an "I Voted" sticker.
The nationwide taco chain is giving out free orders of chips and nacho cheese when you use their app. It's mainly because November 6th is also National Nacho Day, but that doesn't mean voters can't score on the deal, too.
Los Angeles Beer Specials
Several bars in Los Angeles will be serving up Buy One, Get One For A Penny Beers (of your choice) to anyone wearing an "I Voted" sticker. These include Tony's Darts Away, Mohawk Bend, 6th & La Brea, Bluebird Brasserie, Beelman's, Brennan's, Corner Cantina, and Spring St. Bar.
If you're on the East Coast, this taco chain will give out a free taco to anyone who shows up with an "I Voted" sticker.
The Pie Hole
Los Angeles and SoCal voters who love this all-pie chain can get a free Pie Hole by showing their "I Voted" sticker. The Pie Hole is a new mini-pie item that debuts in November.
Each of this New York beer hall's locations will turn into "Town Halls" for Election night, featuring $3 shots, $5 Gigawatt IPAs, and a $10 burger special for anyone who shows their "I Voted" sticker. Election results will be broadcast throughout the night.
The Abbey Food & Bar
Meanwhile, this Los Angeles establishment will be having its own version of a "town hall" celebration for Election Day. Results will be displayed on screen throughout, and a special $5 Blue Wave Shot will be sold, made with Tito's Vodka, Blue Curacao, and Sprite.
Amy's Ice Cream
Amy's Ice Cream, based in Austin, Texas, is giving out free tiny ice creams as a way to cool off on Election Day. Simply show up with an "I Voted" sticker or voting receipt to get your scoop.
This article will be updated with more chain restaurant deals that are made known as Election Day draws closer.