COLUMBUS – Ohio voters will have a new “I voted” sticker to affix to their shirts, hats and laptops and more after voting this fall.
The sticker has the words “Ohio Voted” inside a red and blue outline of the state. The letter “i” in Ohio and “voted” are in red, so the sticker says “I voted” and “Ohio voted.”
New Ohio Election Stickers
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said the stickers will be available as early as this fall in some polling places. Stickers are bought by his office and distributed to Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Local elections officials will use the rest of their old stickers before transitioning to the new sticker design, so you might not get a new sticker next time you vote.
Frank LaRose called on Ohio students to submit designs for the new sticker in early 2019. More than 2,000 designs were submitted. LaRose staffers chose the three they thought were the best.
The sticker was designed by Emily Legg, a senior at Teays Valley High School in Pickaway County.
“Go out there and use your voice to vote and now you have fresh new art to wear after you vote,” Legg said at a Tuesday news conference unveiling the sticker.
More than 15,500 votes were cast online for the designs. Voters were asked to provide an email address and zip code. LaRose said it’s possible non-Ohioans falsified that information but he hoped not.
“This wasn’t just about a sticker – it was about getting young Ohioans excited about voting,” LaRose said.
Emily Legg of Pickaway County stands next to her winning design in Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s contest seeking a new “I voted” sticker. (Photo: Jackie Borchardt).