Lubbock Area Businesses Entice Citizens to Vote - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/4/08

Lubbock Area Businesses Entice Citizens to Vote

Many area businesses offered incentives to voters on Election Day, trying to lure them to the polls. "We're handing out star Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the people who voted," said Debbie Locchi. "Whenever they go vote, they will have their little sticker on and come in and get their free doughnut."

Krispy Kreme's traditional glazed doughnut took on a patriotic theme. Each is covered with red and blue sprinkles.

Election Day has also turned into "Free Coffee Day" at Starbucks, which is a perfect way to wash down that free doughnut. The chain made the promotion public during last night's special episode of Saturday Night Live.

And all hail to the beans, 7-Eleven is also getting into the act. For some time now, coffee drinkers at 7-Eleven have weighed in on their favorite Presidential candidate by choosing either a blue or red coffee cup.  They call it "7-Election." NewsChannel 11 visited several Lubbock 7-Eleven stores, and the results seem to vary by area. The red cup for McCain is going strong in South Lubbock, but the blue cup for Obama has sold out at least one North Lubbock location.

And if you are a non-coffee drinker, perhaps you'd rather make your choice with ice cream. Baskin-Robbins is offering a similar contest, with flavors named for each candidate.

"Straight Talk Crunch" features a caramel ribbon, with chocolate pieces, mixed nuts and candy red states in white chocolate ice cream. "Whirl of Change" is a peanut nougat ice cream whirled with chunks of chocolate covered peanut brittle and a caramel ribbon.  

"They're actually trying to predict the election on the Baskin Robbins website," said Kristin Dempsey, of Baskin Robbins. "They're finding it pretty fun. Both are selling really well."

NewsChannel 11 checked with the website, and Baskin Robbins has already scooped a winner. It was a close race, but Obama has come out on top with 51 percent of the vote.

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