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No sales perks for voters

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho-- Election officials in northern Idaho are warning businesses against pitching deals and discounts to voters Tuesday.

Kootenai County Clerk Dan English says its a violation of federal law for merchants to offer or accept any sales or promotions on Election Day.

English says the concern emerged because a handful of local businesses advertised sales planned Tuesday for customers sporting "I voted" stickers. In the past, English says some coffee stands have unintentionally advertised free coffee to voters.

English says even though promotions may not be tied to any party or specific candidate, it gives the impression of trying to buy or reward a vote.


(The Associated Press contributed to this story)