NEWS FLASH: Starbucks free coffeee for voters may be a crime

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Oregon Biz Report,
Starbucks has been running TV ads and web videos giving free coffee to anyone who says they voted on election day.  Krispy Creme offered free doughnuts and Ben and Jerry’s free ice cream.  But it may be illegal in many places. The Secretary of State in Georgia issued a letter stating clearly that offering any form of gifts for one’s vote is a felony.  Lawyers in Oregon say the same rule applies.   Just as candidates cannot give away campaign t-shirts, coffee mugs and pens, so too businesses cannot give away objects of value in exchange for voting.