Exercising Your Right To Vote Could Get You Free Stuff, Like A Trip To Spain
By Sharelle Burt
Contiki is doing their part to help get folks to the voting booth. The travel agency, which caters specifically to “millennials,” is offering the incentive of a free trip if you exercise your right to vote.
With midterm elections happening on Tuesday, it is critical that anyone 18 years and up gets out there to vote for the candidate of their choice. While the incentive should be offered to everyone, the California based travel agency wanted to focus on the rising demographic after research showed that only 31% of 18-35 year-olds plan to vote. That’s not enough.
Here’s what you have to do. First, get to your local voting headquarters. Once you’ve cast your ballot, head outside and take a selfie with your “I Voted” sticker and post it to Instagram. To be eligible to win, you have to follow Contiki on Instagram and include the hashtag “#VoteWithNoRegrets,” in your election day post. The deadline is at the end of the day Tuesday and the winner will be announced on November 7th.
Voting can get you a chance to see the world as the winner will select a trip to destinations like Spain, Morocco, Cambodia, and New Zealand. All you have to do is get to the airport because Contiki is also providing the winner with a $1,000 airfare credit to get there and back. This is probably the easiest way to win a trip ever.
Contiki isn’t the only business pushing the importance of voting this year. Buzzfeed is partnering with Lyft to help you vote by offering 50% off all rides to the polls. However, there are many claims in states saying voting incentives are illegal. Back in 2016, Pennslyvania had a problem when companies like Krispy Kreme and Gold’s Gym were giving away handouts. Because we will be voting for candidates for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, those rewards are illegal in this midterm election.
“As far as the legality of it in the state of Pennsylvania, it does not violate the state election code, however, Nov. 6 is a federal election,” said Lisa Deeley, chairwoman of the Philadelphia Commissioners Office. This means freebies are allowed for city elections like mayor and district attorney.
Regardless if giveaways are legal or not, it is imperative that all Americans get to the polls on November 6 to vote for the right candidate. Whether you vote red or blue, voting affects the laws in place and those to come in the future.