Hotels Rewarding Those Who Vote!

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    Hotel Monaco Portland, who as we know has a good sense of humor, isn't picking sides this election, but they sure are curious about who you're voting for! Those staying at the hotel on Tuesday November 6 (that's tomorrow, y'all!), cast your vote* at the Front Desk, and if your candidate gets elected, you'll receive $45 off your bill at check-out.
    Of course, you want your candidate to win because the future of a nation hangs in the balance. But in the meantime, you may as well get some savings out of it too!


    Angler's Boutique Resort is taking a decidedly boozy approach to the election. Nevermind who wins. Anglers just wants you to vote, and then feel good about yourself for doing so. The hotel is offering free wine or beer to anyone who walks into 660, Angler's' restaurant and bar, with an "I voted" sticker. Easy as that!

    Meanwhile, the San Juan Marriott (pictured) is running an Election Day flash sale, which asks people to post pictures proving they voted (show off your "I voted" sticker, pose in front of the voting stand, etc) on the resort's Facebook (post it to SJM's specific page) or Twitter (@SanJuanMarriott) pages. Why mess with social media on such a serious day? Because if you do, Marriott will send you a secret code to receive 20% off your next booking at the resort, valid for stays until December 26, 2012.


    The last two promotions seem to be illegal.

    Information from: http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2012/11/5/12350/1872/hotels/3_Hotels_That_Are_Rewarding_Voters_This_Election_Day
     
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    "Meanwhile, the San Juan Marriott (pictured) is running an Election Day flash sale, which asks people to post pictures proving they voted (show off your "I voted" sticker, pose in front of the voting stand, etc) on the resort's Facebook (post it to SJM's specific page) or Twitter (@SanJuanMarriott) pages. Why mess with social media on such a serious day? Because if you do, Marriott will send you a secret code to receive 20% off your next booking at the resort, valid for stays until December 26, 2012."

    Be careful if you do this -- in some states using a camera at the polls is illegal. Marriot should know better.

    DTWBOB
     
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    Unfortunately, the last two are likely illegal, both for the Hotel/Resort and for any participants.

    Title 18, United States Code, Section 597:

    Whoever makes or offers to make an expenditure to any person, either to vote or withhold his vote, or to vote for or against any candidate; and

    Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote---

    Shall be fined under this title [Note: up to $250,000] or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years or both.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Updated the post!
     

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