A cornerstone of American gastronomy (doughnuts) and a cornerstone of American democracy (voting) will be happily wedded next week on Election Day, regardless of who wins. According to a release, on November 8, Krispy Kreme is giving out one free doughnut to any customer who walks in with a sticker that says that he or she voted (as if you needed another reason to cast your ballot this pivotal election season—though this doesn’t hurt).“We want to sweeten Election Day by saying ‘thank you’ to those who participate at the polls,” Jackie Woodward, Krispy Kreme’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “It has been a long election season, and we think a free treat is the perfect way to reward voters.”
It remains to be seen if one doughnut will be enough to rid the nasty taste this election has left in voters’ mouths, but it at least seems worth finding out about. Krispy Kreme is giving out its donuts at “participating U.S. shops,” as the release puts it, so it isn’t clear if your local doughnut shop will be a part of the voting day deal. (I put in an email to the company’s publicity team asking about specific locations but didn’t receive a response by press time.) Have no fear, though—a number of places across the country are offering election deals and discounts. Most are local, though, perhaps because national establishments don’t want to draw attention to voting day deals that may actually be illegal. (According to this 2012 Politico article, there is a federal ban on offering rewards for voting when federal candidates are on the ballot.)
So, caveat lector. But if you have no compunction about that, hold on to your “I Voted” sticker after you pull the lever so you can capitalize on any deals that might come your way throughout what is sure to be a long, suspense-filled a day.