Chicago Bar Offers Free Drink for Votes Against Romney

A Chicago Bar called “Rocks” is currently offering free drinks to voters at their election-night party. The above photo of the flyer for the bar makes light of the Chicago way, of voting “early and often, (As long as it isn’t for Romney).” 

The bar clearly promotes Barack Obama, with the Obama logo appearing in the "O" of this instance of the bar's name "Rocks." More importantly, regardless of whom you interpret the sign to endorse, the bar is offering a free beer of the month to those that bring in their voting receipt.

What’s the problem? In Illinois, it's against the law.

H/T: Chicago Republican Party:

(10 ILCS 5/29-1) (from Ch. 46, par. 29-1)

Sec. 29-1. Vote buying.

Any person who knowingly gives, lends or promises to give or lend any money or other valuable consideration to any other person to influence such other person to vote or to register to vote or to influence such other person to vote for or against any candidate or public question to be voted upon at any election shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.

(Source: P.A. 78-887.)

(10 ILCS 5/29-2) (from Ch. 46, par. 29-2)

Sec. 29-2. Promise for vote. Any person who, in order to influence any other person to vote or register to vote or to vote for or against any candidate or public question to be voted upon at any election, knowingly promises to (a) cause or support the employment or appointment of any other person to any public office or public position or (b) perform or refrain from performing any official act, shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.

(Source: P.A. 78-887.)

(10 ILCS 5/29-3) (from Ch. 46, par. 29-3)

Sec. 29-3. Selling of vote. Any person who votes for or against any candidate or public question in consideration of any gift or loan of money or for any other valuable consideration, or for any promise to cause or support the employment or appointment of any person to any public office or public position, shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.

(Source: P.A. 78-887.)


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