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Places that give discounts to people sporting 'I Voted' stickers today

Cera Smith asks:

Fellow voters in Boston! What are the goodies we get with an "I voted" sticker? I know Blackbird Doughnuts is doing a free mini doughnut!

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Brookline Booksmith tweeted that they'll give 10% off a new book plus "wild levels of affirmation from (their) staff".

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At Johnny's Takeaway on Spring Street in West Roxbury.

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1/2 priced apps (1pp) at Winter Hill Brewing after noon.

Free 1/2 pour at Lamplighter.

Will comment with more as I see them.

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Free $5 gift card to Dorchester Brewery with "I Voted" sticker and purchase of a beer.

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Revolutionary Clinics: Don't forget to VOTE and bring in your "I Voted" sticker for 100 free loyalty points! Offer good thru 11/7. https://www.revolutionaryclinics.org/

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You were able to participate in democracy directly. You've help decide who is going to be our elected leaders for at least the next 2 years. You also were able to weigh in on 3 policy issues.

Those should be goodies enough. That people need some kind of physical reward for voting is what makes me worry about the future of democracy in America.

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It's just a bit of fun and if it gets people out to vote does it really matter?

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You might want to re-focus on the impediments to a functional, representative democracy in America that actually, you know, matter?

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Because people are having fun and being civically engaged that means that they aren't focused on the things that matter? Might be time to get your underwear up outta yo a$$.

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might wanna read that again:

other anon was suggesting the pearl clutcher take their focus on shitting over a fun, harmless pro-democracy treat from local businesses and show some concern for "things that matter" like, say, the rampantly reported voter supression, broken machines, purged absentee lists, etc, that are popping up all over the place for this election.

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Yes, there are real, structural problems, mostly in other parts of the country, but again, if we focus on the issue at hand, which is voting, perhaps the idea that there are impediments will be clearer. Or we can wonder what companies will give us if we vote.

But I didn't read anything where you discuss the impediments, just you bellyaching about my bellyaching, so here we are.

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"In Colonial America, voting took place at county seats and involved an all-day affair across dusty roads. After arriving at the voting place, the voters would often be parched and in need of a beverage. The candidates would generously offer to provide refreshing beverages for the voting public. This practice was called “treating” the voters.

When George Washington first ran for the House of Burgesses – the colonial legislature of Virginia – he refused to engage in this practice. He went on to lose the election 271 to forty votes.

In 1758, George Washington changed his position on treating and instructed his campaign manager, Colonel James Wood, to treat the voters. According to Douglas Freeman, 160 gallons of alcohol were provided to 391 voters. This included 28 gallons of rum, 50 gallons of rum punch, 34 gallons of wine, 46 gallons of beer and 2 gallons of cider royal. Writing to the Colonel on July 28, 1758 Washington was concerned that they did not spend enough saying “my only fear is that you spent with too sparing a hand.”"

Source: https://about.bgov.com/blog/that-time-george-washington-bought-an-electi...

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I think it's awesome that local businesses are engaged in civic enthusiasm! Sorry you feel that's a negative.

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People rewarding voters I'm okay with. It's the question of "who will give things to me if I vote" that ruffled my feathers a bit.

But still, I was excited at the age of 18 to vote in my first election (mayoral and city council preliminary) and I will be kind of excited (the rain will damper my spirit a bit) today. I don't miss a vote. Presidental elections, state elections, municipal elections, primaries, preliminaries, and specials- they are all important. Why people need any other kind of motivation blows my mind. People died fighting for the right to vote- we should be giving them treats.

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I don't get a sense of voter entitlement to free stuff from these businesses' efforts, but I can only speak for myself.

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IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/tAgBSSo.jpg)

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Agreed—the point of voting should be to have your voice heard, which is why I early voted. It isn't the reason I voted, and would never be, but if someone wants to give me a free thing for doing something I was going to do anyway, I'm in!

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Roslindale Village Main Street is giving out candy and cookies to people with a sticker.

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A sticker, candy and cookies. All you need is a glass of milk and you'd be ready for nap time.

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if you can find one that's still open.

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The one in Cleary Square is still open (but the D'Angelo's around the corner is kaput).

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Charlestown too!

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Do the people who voted Republican get free stuff, too?

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Ayn Rand wouldn't allow that.

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they've tried. Problem is, somebody inevitably suggests that they all chip in $10 for pizza and the rest of the time is spent on his trial and expulsion from the party.

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How would they even know ? I thought the only requirement is to wear a "I Voted" sticker?

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Free glass of wine at Spoke in Somerville

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You can get a Turtle Swamp beer for $5 at Doyle's Cafe if you show your sticker. They have both Nik's Bitter and JP Porter on tap.

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Tonight's show at Thunder Road is FREE if you show us a picture of yourself voting at the polls! Join us for live music by Sunshine Riot and Dan Masterson!

Doors at 7pm, Ages 21 and Up

They're looking for pictures, but might take stickers?

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... dom.

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I voted two weeks at city hall. My sticker is long gone :(

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A big thumbs up!

And that’s regardless of how you voted. Voting is the important thing.

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I have voted every election since I was 18 and I have never gotten an "I Voted" sticker. I have lived in different towns and none of them have ever offered those stickers. Is that where people are getting them?

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Kind of unfair for towns that don't give out stickers. I feel bad enough not having one to wear all day.

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Free pretzel at Harpoon!

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