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The Princess Loves America + Election Day Freebies,

This is simply one of those days when The Princess get a lump in her throat at certain sights and sounds.

Like the White House at dawn…

Brendan Smialowski/Getty

Brendan Smialowski/Getty

An early morning line at the polling place…

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Little Cayden Andrews, 3, absorbing democracy as his father Josh Andrews votes at a Wisconsin Town Hall.

Darren Hauck/Getty

Darren Hauck/Getty

U.S. soldiers registered to vote cast their last minute ballots northeast of Baghdad, November 4, 2008.

Goran Tomasevic?Reuters

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Our heart also tends to swell up a bit here at the Prepatorium when seeing other Election Day images, like a father with his two sons….

Kathy Willens/AP

Kathy Willens/AP

Because no matter where one came from….

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Or who was ‘watching’ when they went to their local precinct….

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Most agreed that it is okay to disagree.

Alex Wong/Getty

Alex Wong/Getty

TP believes that no matter the language…

Paul Sancya/AP

Paul Sancya/AP

No matter the attire…

Brennan Linsley/AP

Brennan Linsley/AP

No matter the reading material…

Kathy Willens/AP

Kathy Willens/AP

No matter the location of the polling place….

Kiichiro Sato/AP

Kiichiro Sato/AP

As long as one keeps it clean….

Frank Polich/Reuters

Frank Polich/Reuters

It did not matter how long the line stretched…

Nam Y. Huh/AP

Nam Y. Huh/AP

Or what you had to go through to get there, including US Naturalized Citizenship ceremonies in Baghdad….

Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty

Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty

The outcome is the same. We all get to choose.

Doug Pensinger/Getty

Doug Pensinger/Getty

Jason Reed/Reuters

Jason Reed/Reuters

William Thomas Cain/Getty

William Thomas Cain/Getty

Ted S. Warren/AP

Ted S. Warren/AP

Ultimtaely, it is all about many different elections, but this is the one gaining the most attention. It would seem preparations are underway already for the next step in the process.

Ron Edmonds/AP

Ron Edmonds/AP

That is early conctruction on the Inaugural viewing stand.

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Today there are even bonus treats throughout the country for those who participated in the process, starting with this:

Courtesy Krispy Kreme

Courtesy Krispy Kreme

Yep, that would be a fat pill aka ‘lard bomb’ delicious donut up above. Because we are always looking for fiscally friendly opportunities to enhance one’s life, here are just a few of the rewards available to those doing the right thing today:

  • a free donut with patriotic sprinkles is yours at Krispy Kreme if you have an “I Voted” sticker
  • a free small cup of coffee at Starbucks if you tell them you voted
  • a free scoop of ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s from 5-8pm tonight at participating Ben and Jerry’s; click on the preceding link for their page detailing which shops are taking part in the promotion.
Courtesy Ben and Jerry's

Courtesy Ben and Jerry's

Now, the following isn’t free, but definitely topical and you just knew TP couldn’t exclude some sort of ‘preppy retailer’ in the post!  We are talking about Brooks Brothers, wisely marketing their Donkey and Elephant ties

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

We must fly! We just enjoyed a delightful chat with friends on their way to this…..

…for the big party in the park, and we completely neglected to keep an eye on the clock.  Arrgghh! Having said this, it doesn’t mean the Biltmore won’t be hosting the victory party….we just don’t have the graphic image.

Happy Voting Day!

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