A sweet reward for an important civic duty.
Krispy Kreme Election Day
Credit: Krispy Kreme

Just like everything else since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how many people will vote in the election on November 3. So far, that's included record-setting early voting turnout and the widespread casting of absentee ballots (which you should return in person if you live in Wisconsin and many other states, as the window to return by mail is too small now).

Now, voting in 2020 can also involve a free Krispy Kreme doughnut. In honor of this foundational aspect of American civic life, the popular doughnut purveyor is giving anyone who visits a participating U.S. Krispy Kreme location on Tuesday, November 3 a free Original Glazed Doughnut. Seriously: all you have to do is set foot inside a Krispy Kreme, and you've earned that doughnut, no strings attached. 

Of course, that doughnut is going to taste a whole lot better if you've voted. In fact, Krispy Kreme says they'll also be giving away "I voted" stickers to those who've done so, given that they might be harder to find this year (especially if you voted absentee).

At this point, the post-vote selfie seems to be a big part of the democratic process, so you might as well take it with the appropriate sticker and a glazed doughnut to complete the look. 

Krispy Kreme says you need not show proof that you've voted before claiming the deal, which is good news given that taking an actual photo of your ballot might be illegal depending on where you live. On the other hand, photographing doughnuts is not only legal, but actively encouraged. 

So if you need something to stress eat on Election Day, make a beeline from your polling place to a Krispy Kreme on Tuesday, November 3. Because no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, free doughnuts are one of the few policies that still seem to enjoy bipartisan support.