Ben & Jerry’s and Starbucks – Election Day Update

Ben and Jerry's - Free Election Day icecream line

Ben and Jerry's - Free Election Day icecream line

 The crowd around the block on Church Street Burlington Vermont, at 4:50pm today.

Ben and Jerry's - Free Election day cone line
Ben and Jerry’s – Free Election day cone line

The voters are hungry for ice-cream! The line at Starbucks was not so long, but to be fair Starbucks was open all day and Ben and Jerry’s is running their promotion from 5pm-8pm.

Some news sites have pointed out that this voting incentive may violate federal voting laws, so the companies giving out the freebies need to give them out to everyone (not just voters).  Starbucks and Ben and Jerry’s seem to be giving their respective 12oz coffee and cone to whomever asks for it. No good deed…


What I haven’t seen is the law cited, so here you go:
18 USC 597 – Sec. 597. Expenditures to influence voting  reads:
Whoever makes or offers to make an expenditure to any person, either to vote or withhold his vote, or to vote for or against any candidate; and Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote – Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
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One Response to “Ben & Jerry’s and Starbucks – Election Day Update”

  1. Chef Chick Says:

    caffeine and sugar for election day! They clearly are democrats. 🙂

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