How To Get Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts On Election Day, As If You Needed Another Reason To Vote

MIAMI, FL - MAY 09: In this photo illustration, Krispy Kreme Donuts are seen on May 09, 2016 in Miami, Florida. JAB Holdings Company, announced it is acquiring Krispy Kreme Donuts in a deal valued at $1.35 billion. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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On the fence about voting on Tuesday? This might tip the scale: Krispy Kreme is offering free doughnuts to all U.S. customers wearing an "I Voted!" sticker on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. I repeat: Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts on Election Day to anyone who votes! It doesn't get any better than that. “We want to sweeten Election Day by saying ‘thank you’ to those who participate at the polls,” says Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, in a email statement to Bustle. “It has been a long election season, and we think a free treat is the perfect way to reward voters.”

I'll say! Not that you need another incentive to vote besides the opportunity to stand up for what you believe in, but a free doughnut doesn't hurt. The offer will be available the entire day, and what's more, no coupon codes are required. And get this: You can literally choose any doughnut that you want — that includes doughnuts with fillings, cake doughnuts, you name it, according to Sarah Roof, communications coordinator at Krispy Kreme, in an email to Bustle. 

Krispy Kreme is known for giving out free doughnuts, having hosted similar events in the past for holidays like Halloween, International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and, of course, National Donut Day. 

The only downside is that not all Krispy Kreme stores will be participating. Before you start planning any Election Day morning trips to your local Krispy Kreme store, double check the full list of locations that aren't joining in on the fun (including stores in Arizona, Idaho, and Connecticut). 

As a self-proclaimed doughnut lover, I'm really excited about cashing in on this offer. It's been at least a year since I've had a Krispy Kreme doughnut, which is kind of sad since I'm from North Carolina, the state where Krispy Kreme was founded. (Fun fact: I've actually been to a Krispy Kreme factory shop, and it's pretty cool.) 

Like I said, the process of actually getting your free doughnut is a cinch. Here's how to do it:

1. Vote

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Figure out exactly what your local polling place is and create a plan for voting on Tuesday. Some states have laws requiring employers to give their employees time off to vote. If your employer does that, great! If not, you might have to use your lunch break to vote or leave earlier in the morning. Once you're at the right polling place, the actual voting process takes only a few minutes. 

2. Put On Your "I Voted" Sticker

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You did it! Kudos to you for being a dutiful citizen. Wear that sticker proudly! 

3. Find Your Nearest Participating Krispy Kreme 

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It's easy to find your nearest Krispy Kreme with their handy dandy store locator. Just enter your ZIP code and you'll get a list of nearby stores along with the address, phone number, store hours and distance in miles. Don't forget your "I Voted" sticker! (If you voted early and saved your voting sticker, technically you could wear that to Krispy Kreme. Who will know?)

4. Collect Your Free Doughnut

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The fun part is here! It's time to choose which free doughnut you want (remember, you only get one). Check out Krispy Kreme's menu for a full list of options. Hmm...decisions, decisions. 

5. Enjoy! 

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So you decided on that pumpkin spice cake doughnut? Good choice. That's it! Yep, I told you it was that simple!

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