Some deals are too pure for this world. According to the state Board of Elections, offering delicious hot pot and Chinese barbecue to New Yorkers who vote is technically a class “E” felony. The issue was first addressed by the board in 2009, in response to a complaint that a convenience store was giving out ice cream cones to the children of voters.
In the board’s view, “Any person who directly or indirectly, pays, lends, or contributes, or offers to…any money or other valuable consideration to or for any voter, or to or for any other person, to induce such voter to vote or refrain from at any election…is guilty of a felony.”
Still, a spokesperson for the BOE said he was not aware of anyone being prosecuted for incentivizing people to vote via free food.