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Monday, November 3, 2008

Not Jittery Enough with Election Anxiety?

posted by on November 3 at 11:21 AM

Starbucks will give you a tall cup of coffee after you’ve filled out your ballot.

Rewarding people for meeting their civic responsibilities with a dose of stimulants is, frankly, a little strange. Following the election is addictive enough. But if it gets people to vote—even as a shameless marketing ploy—that’s fine with me.

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Back in the 1800s, before secret ballots were common, it was quite normal for party hacks to give voters a shot of whiskey in exchange for their vote.

Posted by Cow | November 3, 2008 11:28 AM

How about Starbucks bringing some free coffee to the people that volunteer as election officials at the polls? That is where I want my coffee. I won't be able to make it to Starbucks, I can't leave until the polls close.

Posted by Va Election | November 3, 2008 11:30 AM

babeland will give you a free 'silver bullet' or 'maverick.'
that seems better to me...

Posted by A | November 3, 2008 11:30 AM

#2 I work at Starbucks - I'll bring you some coffee. Which polling place are you working at? I'll even bring you a soy Pumpkin Spice Latte with no whip if that is what you want. i get out of work at 9am tomorrow. i'll come right over.

Posted by Ann | November 3, 2008 11:34 AM

Yeah, I don't think I'm gonna want any coffee tomorrow.

Posted by Mike in Renton | November 3, 2008 11:44 AM

@1: Really?!

Posted by TVDinner | November 3, 2008 11:48 AM

Add free ice cream from any Ben and Jerry's as well to the list of growing free things because of voting.

Posted by dkstar | November 3, 2008 11:54 AM

My favorite voting perk is Australia's "free not having to go to jail and/or pay a fine."

Posted by Greg | November 3, 2008 11:59 AM

Starbucks brewed coffee is the most horrid, burnt shit since a bag of dog poop on your doorstep.

Posted by The CHZA | November 3, 2008 12:15 PM

If everyone in the city votes, will they bring back the Sonics?


Posted by joykiller | November 3, 2008 12:22 PM

No thanks. The last thing I'll need tomorrow is coffee. The likelihood of a stroke is already going to be high, and caffeine will surely put me right over the edge.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | November 3, 2008 1:09 PM

Never any love for absentee voters ... Never ...

Posted by GW2 | November 3, 2008 2:05 PM

@12 - if you've voted, you still get the free scoop and the free coffee. Including absentees.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 3, 2008 2:11 PM

I wonder if they'll honour this here at my local Vancouver Starbucks.

Posted by Gabriel | November 3, 2008 2:48 PM

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