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Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Food on Election Day

National Sandwich Day (also November 3) is getting shown up this year.

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Look, millions and millions of words have been spilled over the election. It's Election Day. This year, it's probably most accurate to say not that this is the day we vote but that this is the day we end voting, with record numbers of people casting ballots in the weeks leading up to Election Day. (Be sure you join them and cast your ballot.)

Since we've heard so much about the election, and we all understand what an important one this is, let's reward ourselves with a little food as we wait for the results to come in, whenever that process might be completed. Restaurants all over the United States are celebrating the election (as well as National Sandwich Day, which is also November 3) with food deals and freebies for flashing a sticker, little red or otherwise. To help you make the most of the day, since it may involve stress and long lines, we've pulled together the best food deals you'll find today, with offers from Wendy's, Tim Hortons, McAlister's Deli, The Halal Guys, and many more.

Here's our running list of the best food deals you'll find on Election Day and National Sandwich Day.

Free Food for Election Day

McDonald's
The deal:
Every day over the deal's run, you can grab a free Apple Fritter, Blueberry Muffin, or Cinnamon Roll with the purchase of a Premium Roast Coffee or Iced McCafĂ© Coffee in any size. 
When: November 3-9

Boston Market
The deal:
Grab free sliders from the chain's late-night menu after polls close. 
When: November 3, 9 pm to close

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
Get a free Original Glazed Doughnut. No purchase is required. You're just getting hooked up. 
When: November 3

McAlister's Deli
The deal:
For National Sandwich Day, which also happens to be another important day, you can get BOGO sandwiches. One for you, and one for a buddy. You'll find the offer in the "My Rewards" section of the McAlister's mobile app. 
When: November 3-17

Tim Hortons
The deal:
To help you adjust to (ugh) Daylight Saving Time, Tim Rewards members who place an order online or through the app from 6-7 am will get a free dark roast coffee in any size. It's awfully early, but if you're normally up that early it's a good situation. 
When: November 1-8

Applebee's
The deal:
Get free chips and queso with any online order of at least $20. Use the code "QUESO."
When: November 3

Enlightened
The deal:
Mention the word "vote" and tag @eatenlightened on Instagram Stories today, and you'll get a coupon for free ice cream. 
When: November 3

Bobo's
The deal:
The oat bar company is offering 2,000 free bars on Election Day to people who exercise their right to vote. Just upload a photo of your "I Voted" sticker to the link above. 
When: November 3

Cousins Subs
The deal:
Buy one 7.5-inch sub and you'll get one for free when you sign up for the Cousins Club loyalty program. 
When: Through November 30

TKK Fried Chicken
The deal:
The Taiwanese fast-food hub is offering its Original or Spicy Chicken sandwich for free with the purchase of another. 
When: November 3-16, 3-6pm

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Photo courtesy of TKK Fried Chicken

Food Deals for Election Day

Chili's
The deal:
Grab an OG Presidente Margarita for $5. Where it's allowed, you can take that to-go.
When: Through November 3

Baked by Melissa
The deal:
If you voted, you can get 10% off your purchase by showing an "I Voted" sticker or just telling them you voted. They're trusting people.
When: November 3

Jimmy John's
The deal:
Buy a sandwich and you can get the second one half-off with the code "SAVEON2."
When: Through November 8

Jersey Mike's Subs
The deal:
Take $2 off any regular sub when you order through the mobile app and use the code "SANDDAY2OFF."
When: Through November 6

Cousins Subs
The deal:
Buy a $25 gift card and you'll get a gift certificate for a free 7.5-inch sub in a bowl. 
When: Through December 31

Pieology
The deal:
Grab two 11-inch pizzas and a dessert for $20.20 to celebrate Election Day. 
When: Through November 3

Rubio's Coastal Grill
The deal:
Get $3 Langostino Lobster Tacos with the code "MKTG991" when ordering through Rubios.com or its mobile app. 
When: November 3

Bigby Coffee
The deal:
Participating locations are offering BOGO drinks or $1 off any drink up to a 24-ounces. 
When: November 3

Firehouse Subs
The deal:
If you're a reward member, you'll land double points on any order of a medium or large Hook & Ladder Sub for National Sandwich Day. 
When: November 3

Usual Wines
The deal: The wine mail-order company is offering 10% off your wine order—even though you won't have it for election night—with the code "IVOTED."
When: November 3

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Photo courtesy of Panda Express

Free Delivery Deals on Election Day

Panda Express
The deal:
Make an order of at least $10 through the Panda website or app and you'll get free delivery. 
When: Through November 7 

The Halal Guys
The deal:
When you order $20 worth of Halal Guys through Doordash you're getting free delivery. 
When: Through November 9

Baskin-Robbins
The deal:
The ice cream shop has teamed up with Uber Eats to offer ice cream delivered to your door. They want to celebrate their partnership, so you can get a $0 delivery fee if you hit the $10 minimum. 
When: Through November 4

Clean Juice
The deal:
Place an order for at least $15 through Grubhub and you'll get free delivery. 
When: November 3

Boston Market
The deal:
Hit the $15 minimum on an order through Grubhub and you'll get free delivery. 
When: November 3

BurgerFi
The deal:
If you place an order for at least $15 worth of burgers, you'll get free delivery from Grubhub. 
When: November 3

Free Food for Poll Workers on Election Day

CAVA
The deal:
All poll workers are being offered a free meal with "proof of badge." Redeem the offer at any CAVA or Zoes Kitchen location. 
When: November 3

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Photo courtesy of The Halal Guys

Local Food Deals on Election Day

Cardigan Donuts - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The deal:
Trim 25% off your donut order when you wear an "I Voted" sticker into the shop. 
When: November 3

La Doña Cervecería - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The deal: Torta Tuesdays coincide with the election. Grab a torta and a beer for $12. 
When: November 3

Good Enough to Eat - New York City, New York
The deal:
Get a free Biscuit with Strawberry Butter with any purchase if you're donning a sticker that proves you voted. 
When: November 3

The Goods Mart - New York City, New York
The deal:
Get a free eight-ounce La Colombe coffee if you come by with an "I Voted" sticker. 
When: November 2-3

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods - Chicago, Illinois
The deal: Since Election Day is stressful, the restaurant is offering 15% off family meals for pick-up and delivery. 
When: November 3

Leyla - New York City, New York
The deal:
Show an "I Voted" sticker to get a free Spinach Yarma appetizer. You can also use the code "ivoted" through the Leyla website to get 15% off your order. 
When: Through November 6

Le Petit Marche - Atlanta, Georgia
The deal: Take 10% off your order with the code "10AGAIN" when you order through the restaurant's website. 
When: Through November 12

Randy's Donuts - Inglewood, California
The deal:
If you're sporting an "I Voted" sticker, you get a free Raised Glaze Donut, as long as they've still got some behind the glass. 
When: November 3

Shai Hummusiya and Benny Casanova's - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The deal: The code "ELECTION25" will get you 15% off an order through either restaurant's website. 
When: November 3-4

SocialEats - Santa Monica & Hollywood, California
The deal:
Flash an "I Voted" sticker to get a free order of, ahem, Freedom Fries with a purchase from Voltaggio STRFSH or Pop!s Burgers & Shakes. 
When: November 3

Sylvia's Restaurant - New York City, New York
The deal:
Download the restaurant's mobile app, and you can get 10% off your first order with the code "SYLVIAS."
When: Ongoing

Trio Plant-Based - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The deal: Its weekly happy hour is happening on Election Day. That will land you 50% off all appetizers. You'll be able to get it for carryout over the phone or walk-up orders. 
When: Every Tuesday

Other Food Deals on Election Day

Wendy's
The deal:
 Try out the chain's new chicken sandwich for free. Make any purchase through the mobile app and you can add on a free Classic Chicken Sandwich. 
When: Through November 8

McDonald's
The deal
: The J Balvin Meal deal gets you a free McFlurry with the purchase of a Big Mac and French Fries through the mobile app. 
When: Ongoing

Juice It Up!
The deal:
Buy a $25 gift card and you'll get two free smoothies for yourself.
When: Through December 31

Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery offers, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow Dustin Nelson on Twitter.