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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 11/ 4/2008

Rock the Vote, Get Free Stuff

By Fritz Hahn

If you're wearing an "I Voted" sticker -- or, in my case, a "Yo Vote" sticker -- a number of area businesses are offering freebies and discounts today. (There's a question over whether this is legal -- Starbucks has already done a 180 and decreed that anyone who asks for a tall (12-ounce) brewed coffee will get one, not just people wearing a sticker celebrating their participation in our electoral system.) Ben and Jerry's will also be giving out free scoops to everyone -- not just voters -- between 5 and 8 p.m.

After you vote, get $1 off cupcakes at Love Cafe, and follow the election results on their free Wi-Fi. (J Carrier for The Washington Post)

Krispy Kreme, which originally asked to see a sticker, is giving away free star-shaped donuts with patriotic red, white and blue sprinkles to anyone who mentions the "Hot Vote Now" campaign.

California Tortilla is offering delayed gratification -- you'll get a coupon for a free taco, but you can't use it today.

Dean Gold, the owner of Dino, posted on this morning that anyone with proof of voting gets "a free two cheese (all American! Constant Bliss and Sweet Grass's Double Cream) cheese palte at Dino. Get here by 7 p.m. and you get 25 percent off cocktails and wines by the glass!"

Tryst, the Diner and Open City are offering 10 percent off your tab all day. You don't need a sticker to participate -- they're also giving out cards at polling places in the neighborhood.

Take $1 off all cupcakes at Cakelove and Love Cafe.

Get free happy hour appetizers at all four Daily Grill locations. The definition of "happy hour" seems to be pretty loose -- the Daily Grill downtown said they'll be giving away appetizers all day, not just from 5 to 7 p.m.

Johnny's Half Shell has created a special bourbon margarita for election day -- show your sticker to the bartender to claim a free drink.

Celebrity hair stylist Christophe, who's done Bill Clinton and John Edwards's 'dos in the past, is offering half-price haircuts at his downtown salon. (They'll start at $65, and you don't have to have it done today -- just call to make an appointment.)

UPDATE: The Wine Specialist is offering 20 percent off all bottles of wine and liquor and 10 percent off beers if you wear an "I Voted" sticker into the store today or on Wednesday.

We'll add to this list as we hear of additional deals -- we're waiting for a couple of places to call us back to confirm details -- and please feel free to add any we missed in the comments.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | November 4, 2008; 12:56 PM ET
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Christophe's Salon in D.C. is NOT offering a discount on services performed after today. I just called to make an appointment to confirm this awesome-sounding discount and the receptionist said that I would have to get my hair done today for the discount to apply. Which is sad because I could really use a good haircut for once.

Posted by: BurritoGirl | November 4, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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