Prior to Monday afternoon, Starbucks was promoting an ad that said anyone who says enters a Starbucks on Election Day and says that they voted would get a free cup of tall coffee.
Election officials for the state of Washington told KIRO 7 that rewarding voters with free coffee is illegal.
“No good deed goes unpunished,” said Nick Handy, director of elections.
Handy said there is a federal statute that prohibits any reward for voting.
Looking at the candidates’ respective constituencies, personally I thought such a offer tilted towards the “latté liberals” that are at the core of Barack Obama’s campaign. But I, after spending three hours poll greeting for McCain, took advantage of the offer. As I told one of my fellow greeters, if they’re going to bring in socialism, we’re going to mooch.
That, BTW, is what Sarah Palin was probably thinking about when she told Greta van Susteren that Obama’s socialistic tax policies would drag down the incentive to work. If U.S. voters are stupid enough to put this in power, Scotch-Irish worthies are smart enough to bankrupt the scheme.