"Seattle-based Starbucks is making fast changes -- after being accused of breaking the law with an offer to voters.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. Handy said there is a federal statute that prohibits any reward for voting.Starbucks' good deed can be perceived as paying someone to vote, and that’s illegal, Handy said."The way it is written, it expressly prohibits giving any kind of gift," Handy said.Handy said the intent of the statute is aimed at special interest groups trying to influence who and how people vote.To fix the situation, Starbucks had agreed to give a tall cup of coffee to anyone who asks on Election Day.""
So I called the local Starbucks so I didn't look like a total retard asking for free coffee. I said "I heard you were giving away free coffee today, is it true?" The chick said "Yes we are giving away coffee to anyone who votes."
Apparently they didn't get the memo.