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I voted stickers

An "I voted" sticker becomes currency for everything from high fives to a flight of beer on Election Day — even though it's not always strictly legal. 

Did you vote today? Local food businesses want to give you a high five, a chocolate truffle and a discount on a sub sandwich.

To be clear: According to the Government Accountability Board, it's against the law to offer anything of value — that means more than $1 — in exchange for voting.

But much as our elected representatives have been known to do, some local spots bend the rules a bit.

Silver Mine Subs, with locations on North Frances Street near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and off the Beltline near Todd Drive, is probably in the clear with its 10 percent off deal for subs, advertised on Instagram.

And it's hard to call a single dumpling a significant incentive to vote.

Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier on Atwood Avenue promises "a truffle on us" if you come in after voting.

But it's no big secret that when you drop by for a six-pack, there is always a tray of "seconds" (less lovely truffles) for sampling.

Some places are rewarding voters with booze: Liliana's Restaurant in Fitchburg says you'll get a free tap beer or glass of bubbly; at Craftsman Table and Tap in Middleton, voters get a 5 ounce beer sampler.

Up the road, Milwaukee Ale House is giving a 12 oz. beer for every "I voted" sticker that comes through the door.

Some bars are just encouraging folks to have a brew after the stress of election season, no discounts involved:

Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery framed a window with stickers that reminded Madisonians that there's "No ID required to vote." Just Coffee flashed a sticker at a polling place:

The new owners of Teddywedgers (formerly Myles Teddywedgers Cornish Pastry) at the top of State Street are just really happy about voting:

Ian's Pizza is too:

For a heads up on Election Day specials, a good list to follow is "Restaurant News," created by @EatingMadisonAtoZ on Twitter. And for more general images of Election Day in Madison, follow the Cap Times photographers on Instagram.

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Since 2008, food editor Lindsay Christians has been writing about fine arts and food for The Capital Times. She loves eating at the bar, going to the theater, sparkling wine and good stories. She lives in Madison with two cats and too many cookbooks.