Feeling a little lackluster about participating in our voting process? Understandable. Maybe the horrors of this current administration aren't enough of a motivator. Maybe you’re too punk to vote. Maybe none of the candidates peak your fancy. But I think there’s something we can all agree on: Free stuff is awesome!
In an effort to push people to the polls, there’s a crap ton of free things companies are giving out to encourage voters. Is it legal? Well, the New York Times says no. Is it ethical? Jury is still out on that one. BUT if you’re looking to get a free ride or a free sandwich, today is your motherfucking day my friend.
First and foremost, if you’re voting in Miami, Atlanta, Houston, or Dallas at any of the locations below, Frank Ocean is giving y’all FREE merch. Stay blessed.
If a ride is all you need to check those ballot boxes, then Lyft and Uber are both offering select discounts and free rides to get to polling stops. Lime is giving out free bike rides, and so is Citi Bike in New York and New Jersey with the code “BIKETOVOTE” in the Citi Bike app. Zipcar is giving users $20 off a driving credit for anyone reserving a car today from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Local public transits in Los Angeles, San Antonio, and other cities are also offering free services today, so definitely check out your local transportation.
If you're voting, you definitely need to be hyped up on caffeine so you don't fall asleep in line. Starbucks is handing out 12-ounce drip coffees for free, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters is offering a free coffee for canvassers, voters, and volunteers. Corner Bakery is also giving out free brewed or cold brewed coffee.
As far as food goes, according to ABC, 85 Krispy Kreme locations decided to get political with star-shaped, red-white-and-blue sprinkled doughnuts. They’re offering a limited supply of 200,000 donuts. It should also be no surprise that Ben & Jerry’s (creators of Pecan Resist) are giving out single-scoop ice cream FO FREE.
Chick-fil-A is, as we should all know, a controversial company run by conservatives, and they’re also giving away free chicken sandwiches. Shake Shack is offering up free fries, Potbelly Sandwich Shop is giving away a cookie, and Jersey Mike’s is giving a $2 off coupon.
These are really just a few of the things corporations and local businesses are giving away to encourage voter turnout. The most appealing free item? A moisturizer from the divisive Dr. Pimple Popper. There's also a bunch of free concerts you can go to across the country.