Upstate New York County Launches ‘I Voted’ Sticker Contest With Unusual Design In Mind
Ulster County Board of Elections recently opened voting for finalists in its 2nd annual Ulster Votes I Voted sticker competition. One design so far has not only garnered local interest, but has gone viral on social media.
Designed by local school children, most of the designs are adorned with red, white and blue symbols and other patriotic symbols. A 14-year-old, however, decided to think outside the box with his submission.
A multicolored human head rests on bright aquamarine spider legs in Hudson Rowan’s masterpiece.
Rowan, from Marbletown, told the Times Herald-Record that the design had a “vibrant, psychedelic, happy and crazy theme”.
Of the six finalist designs, the psychedelic spider sticker ran away with 94% of the votes as of July 7, according to the voting site. He currently sits with 46.2 thousand votes out of a total of 48.8 thousand votes.
Ashley Dittus, Democratic commissioner of the Board of Elections, told the Times Herald-Record that last year’s sticker design winner got about 500 total votes.
The competition was open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 and once all entries were submitted, Board of Elections staff narrowed them down to six finalists. Each staff member chooses their top three, and then the top six with the most votes are put to a public vote.
In an interview with WMAC, Rowan said: “When my mum told me about it, I said, ‘What should I draw, I don’t really know what to draw? And she was like, ‘Do something like patriotic – red, white and blue.’ But that’s not quite my drawing style with stars, stripes and eagles. And so, I didn’t really want to do what everybody was going to do with the patriotic stars and all that. So, I decided to do something completely different.
The colorful design caught attention on social media with reactions posted on Twitter and TikTok. Some have compared it to the UK government’s ‘Boaty McBoatface’, the $286 million research vessel that was named by an internet competition.
Voting for this contest takes place throughout the month of July. The five finalists will be printed for voting in the August elections. The winning sticker will be distributed across Ulster County to voters taking part in the November general election.
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