One-percenters from Bel-Air and Brentwood don't vote like everyone else*

luxe.jpgIf you're lucky enough to be voting in two precincts - 9001354A and 9001364A - the polling site is the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, which promises "a unique voting experience." From the hotel blog (via CurbedLA):

The hotel's polling station will be located in the festive Luxe Sunset ballroom. Voters will be treated to complimentary valet parking and hors d'oeuvres throughout the day including coffee, muffins and delicious finger foods. The hotel's Luxe Lounge will feature live election results on its two flat screen televisions and every voter will receive a voucher for 10% off a future dinner at On Sunset restaurant and special room rates. Who knew voting could be this much fun. With these kind of perks, people are going to demand to vote more often!

I'm sure these folks really need that dinner voucher.

*Is this even legal? Reader sends this from Politico:

Business owners beware: Offering a discount or a freebie to voters Tuesday is illegal. But despite a clear federal ban on such activities, they've only proliferated in recent years. A Washington D.C. yoga studio is offering 10 percent off for showing an "I Voted" sticker. An oyster bar is offering free shellfish and a drink. Coffee chain Tim Horton's, which is based in Canada but has stores in several U.S. states, promised a free donut with the purchase of a coffee. Einstein Bagels promised voters a free bagel. A California hot dog restaurant is offering a free frankfurter. These are just some of the dozens -- if not hundreds -- of businesses nationwide who are trying to capitalize on the civic spirit of election day, and do their part to encourage voting.

*Update: Hotel clarifies its offer:

"The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel will be offering an election day special of a 15% off voucher for their restaurant, complimentary valet, continental breakfast and discount on hotel rooms to any local resident (anyone in the 90049 zip code) who stops by the hotel and for our hotel guests on Election Day."

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