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Restaurant Voting Promotion Stopped

Minnesota officials have shut down a promotion in which a restaurant planned to offer 25 percent off to customers wearing an “I voted” sticker Tuesday.

Stephanie Shimp co-owns the Blue Plate Restaurant Co., which runs the Highland Grill in St. Paul where the promotion was to take place. She says the owners thought they were celebrating democracy and patriotism.

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But the secretary of state’s office warned her against offering a discount in exchange for someone voting in an election. Department legal adviser Bert Black says doing so could run afoul of federal election law barring financial incentives for voting.

Highland Grill co-owner David Burley told WCCO’s Esme Murphy the promotion has been amended. Now, anyone who says “Happy Election Day” on Tuesday can get the discount.

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