Think of it as voting with benefits: Hit the polls on Tuesday and then pick up Election Day freebies.
Even if you already voted – or are abstaining from voting – you can still partake in a smorgasbord of discounts and free food. Tuesday also is National Sandwich Day so you can save on a sub at Subway and other restaurants.
But for Election Day, you can get a free glazed doughnut at Krispy Kreme 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.
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Uber and Lyft also are offering discounted rides to the polls.
With more mail-in ballots and early voting this year, fewer people will have the “I Voted” stickers to show as proof that they voted.
But that’s okay because most businesses don’t require a sticker to get the deal. 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.
And if you’re staying up late waiting for election results, Dunkin’ has a deal Wednesday that can help. Members of the chain’s DD Perks loyalty program can get a free medium hot or iced coffee for the first Free Coffee Wednesday.
Dunkin’ also rolls out its new seasonal drinks Wednesday featuring Peppermint Mocha Latte and Gingerbread Latte.
Election Day 2020 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.
Biggby Coffee: The chain will have a buy-one-get-one free or $1 off any drink up to 24-ounces at participating locations.
Bobo’s: The brand is offering 2,000 coupons for free oat bars Tuesday to those who voted. Register to get a coupon mailed by filling out a form at www.eatbobos.com/vote. It’s optional to share a photo of your “I Voted” sticker, the website says.
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.
CAVA and Zoës Kitchen: Poll workers get a free meal Tuesday with proof of badge in-person.
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.
Chopt Creative Salad Co.: Badged poll workers can get a free meal Tuesday.
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.
Dunkin’: This deal is for Wednesday and future Wednesdays through Dec. 23. Members of the chain’s DD Perks loyalty program can get a free medium hot or iced coffee during Free Coffee Wednesdays at participating locations.
Enlightened: The brand is giving a coupon for free ice cream to anyone who mentions the word “vote” and tags @eatenlightened on Instagram stories for Election Day Tuesday. This offer is while supplies last and one person will be randomly selected to win a year of free Enlightened desserts.
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.
Natural Grocers: This is a post-Election deal. From Thursday through Nov. 7, members of the grocer’s loyalty program can get one free chocolate bar, while supplies last. Available brands include Alter Eco, Natural Grocers Brand, Chocolove, Endangered Species and Theo Chocolate. Sign up for the loyalty program by texting organic to 41411 or visiting www.naturalgrocers.com/join.
Pieology: From Sunday through Tuesday, Pieology has its Election Day 2020 bundle deal with two 11-inch “Create Your Own” pizzas and a shareable dessert for $20.20.
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 7 p.m. ET 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 from Sunday through Election Day with proof of badge. The offer is only valid for “in-shack” ordering.
Smart & Final: The grocery store chain wants shoppers to celebrate their vote and is offering 10% off the entire purchase with a coupon posted on social media through Tuesday. Some exclusions apply and there’s a maximum discount of $50.
Tim Hortons: Through Nov. 8, Tims Rewards members can get one free dark roast coffee between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. EST.
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.
Vitality Bowls: Get 20% off all açaí bowls with “proof of voting” at participating locations Tuesday.
Wawa: Starting Tuesday, Wawa kicks off “Free Coffee Tuesdays,” which will be held every Tuesday in November and December for Wawa Rewards members. New members need to register by 8 p.m. Tuesday to get this deal. The free drink is for self-serve hot beverages up to 24 ounces.
White Castle: Get $4 off orders of $20 or more – or $5 off orders of $30 or more in New Jersey and New York – 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.
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: The chain is offering CAPAddicts reward app users a small Bobbie Sandwich for $5 Tuesday.
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.
Erbert & Gerbert’s: Get triple points Tuesday with the chain’s app. To get this offer, you’ll need to download the app and order from your rewards account. New loyalty members receive half off a sandwich when they join.
Firehouse Subs: Loyalty members get double points Tuesday when they order a medium or large Hook & Ladder sub.
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches: From Monday through Friday, the chain says its four most popular sandwiches will be available for $7 each, the company said in a news release. The sandwiches are Matt Cain, Menage a Trois, and two vegetarian options named “Sometimes I’m a Vegetarian” and “Meatless Mike.”
Jersey Mike’s Subs: Get $2 off any regular sub Monday 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.
McAlister’s Deli: Loyalty members will get a buy-one-get-one free sandwich reward in their app under My Rewards to use Tuesday through Nov. 17.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Through Wednesday, get 100 bonus points on “BIGS-sized sandwiches.”
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.
Wienerschnitzel: Calling itself the largest hot dog chain in the world, Wienerschnitzel, invited fans “to enjoy National Sandwich Day with the best sandwich there is, the Hot Dog.” The chain has coupons at www.wienerschnitzel.com/specials.
More deals: Local restaurants and smaller chains will also offer Sandwich Day specials. Check social media accounts for deal announcements.
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