Election Day is just two weeks away. While here in Massachusetts neither the Presidential nor Senatorial elections are much in question, making it out to vote is always an important thing to do. We were trying to find a way to compel you to vote, but with limited resources, we’re just going to key you in to other ice cream related voting incentives.
If you vote, and there is a Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop near you, we recommend taking them up on this landmark for democracy. “November 4th from 5-8pm, show us you voted and you’ll get a free scoop of ice cream. Show us your ‘I Voted’ sticker, a photo of you in front of your polling station, do the ‘I Voted dance’ or just tell us you voted.”
Of course not everyone thinks that this is a wise, or even legal, idea. Loyola Law School Professor Rick Hasen runs a blog where he recently questioned the legality of this offer. Apparently Hasen was too hasty in reading his source material, because B&J’s standard of proof is pretty low. Some people make politics into such a serious business, but it should never be more important than ice cream.
Ben & Jerry’s had limited local issues of both Baracky Road and McCaindy Cane, but neither got out of central Vermont. It seemed all summer long that the campaign busses were stopping at ice cream stands across the nation, that seems like reason enough to try my hand at political journalism. The only other politico/ice cream idea I’ve got so far is this logo I found at Scoopalicious: