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U.S. Attorney: Illegal for Restaurants to Offer Voters Discounts

Restaurants offering 'I Voted' sticker holders discounts are violating the law, says the U.S. Attorney.

The U.S. Attorney in San Diego warned Tuesday that restaurants offering discounts to patrons who wear "I Voted" stickers from polling places are violating the law.

"The public is reminded that federal law prohibits expenditures to influence voting, including offers to make an expenditure to any person to vote or withhold his or her vote," U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said. "Federal law also prohibits paying or offering to pay individuals for registering to vote or for voting."

U-T San Diego reported on its website that several eateries were offering deals for voters, including a free California roll at RA Sushi in downtown San Diego after patrons spend $10; a free mix of French fries and onion rings for people making a purchase at Burger Lounge locations in Southern California; free banana bread pudding at Terra in the College Area; and $1 off a pint of beer at the Main Tap Tavern in El Cajon.

Duffy said restaurants and other businesses should not offer free or discounted food, drinks or services to people wearing the stickers.

-City News Service

Things I Learned November 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I wasn't going to vote until I heard I could get an Obamaphone.
Doug Curlee November 22, 2012 at 12:32 AM
things.. you wouldn't want it.. the republicans claim it's only 3g.. doug
Doug Curlee November 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM
no.. he needs to KEEP her..especially if she remains committed to enforcing federal law regarding marijuana.. you'll notice that voters in 3 california cities, given the chance to legalize pot, turned it down..they probably understand the conflict.. and the voters in colorasdo and washington are about to find out about that confilct the hard way.. doug
Batman November 22, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Does it come with free condoms? (No pun intended)

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