Coffee shop in hot water over promotion to get millenials to vote in midterms

Free coffee may violate federal election law.

Kim Glovas
October 19, 2018 - 1:52 pm

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Saxby's Coffee is offering a free coffee to anyone who comes in with an "I Voted" sticker on Nov. 6. But the election watchdog group Committee of 70 says not so fast. 

Committee spokesman Patrick Christmas said, "Federal law prohibits any one or any organization from offering payment for individuals to register to vote, or to vote by casting a ballot. The courts have interpreted that to also include goods that have value of some amount."

Even a cup of coffee?

"Offering a cup of coffee could be an issue there," Christmas said.

Saxby's CEO Nick Bayer said in a statement that the idea was to get more Millenials to the polls, because that demographic had the lowest voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election.

There is no word yet on whether Saxby's is pulling the promotion.