Claremont Insider: Election Day - UPDATED

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day - UPDATED

It's time to do your civic duty. Get up off the couch, take a little time from your lunch hour, go after dinner - whatever you have to do - and go to your polling place, whichever end of the political spectrum you occupy.

If you don't know where your polling place is, the League of Women Voters website can tell you. Just click here.

Act now and you can receive loads of free stuff (donuts, ice cream, coffee, $250 haircuts even). This is much better than the county fair for freebies. And don't forget your frequent voter card for even more gifts. USA Today describes some of today's election offers:

See below the quote for local Claremont offers

Due to possible conflict with election laws in various states, most are not requiring proof of voting. The free offers:

•Coffee. Starbucks expects to hand out "hundreds of thousands" of free 12-ounce drip coffees (valued at about $1.75 each), says spokeswoman Jenny McCabe. "If everyone who votes comes in for a free cup of coffee, we'll have some lines," she says.

•Doughnuts. Some 85 of Krispy Kreme's 231 locations in the U.S. will hand out star-shaped, red-white-and-blue sprinkled doughnuts "while supplies last," says spokesperson Dana Hughens. The chain will give out about 200,000 doughnuts valued at 99 cents each. "People are definitely talking about the brand as a result of this," she says.

•Ice cream. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each time zone, Ben & Jerry's ice cream shops will hand out single-scoop ice cream cones (a $3.40 value). "What better way to encourage people to be politically active than to give away free ice cream?" asks spokeswoman Liz Brenna.

•Sandwiches. In a local market promotion, several hundred of the nation's 1,400 Chick-fil-A stores will hand out $2.70 chicken sandwiches to adults who show proof that they voted, says spokesman Jerry Johnston.

•Phone calls. Credo Mobile, a wireless company that donates money to progressive causes for calls its customers make, will offer free outbound calls to current customers during polling hours in their states. The cost could be about $250,000, says spokeswoman Becky Bond.

•Discount haircuts. Then, there's Cristophe Schatteman, a top hair stylist known for giving former president Bill Clinton a $200 haircut on Air Force One. His salons in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Orange County, Calif., will offer all services — including haircuts — at half price today. A $500 haircut from Cristophe will go for $250.

Among local retailers, we've heard of a couple election day offers:
  • At The Forks Chop House in the College Heights Packing House, if you wear your "I Voted" decal, you can get 50% off lunch or dinner today. The Forks is located at 580 W. 1st St. at the west end of the building. The phone number there is (888) 933-6757.

  • Winestyles, the wine bar at 201 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Suite A100 in the Village Expansion, is offering a free gift and 10% off your purchase (15% for wine club members) if you have an "I Voted" sticker. Call (909) 447-4400 for information.


The Onion scoops the mainstream media with surprise election results:

Voting Machines Elect One Of Their Own As President