Statement on NYC Votes' Subway-Themed "I Voted" Stickers
NYC Votes mourns the demise of the subway-themed "I Voted" stickers today. The stickers have graced city poll sites as the official NYC "I Voted" sticker during every election since 2017. The NYC Board of Elections (BOE) began distributing a new sticker of their own design today for the primary election.
New Yorkers who want to continue wearing the subway-themed "I Voted" badge on Election Day may still do so. NYC Votes has produced replica enamel pins. To receive a pin, city voters can simply do the following:
- Sign the NYC Votes Voter Pledge to receive our text or emails
- Text "Pledge2019" to +19179796377 to sign up for election text alerts.
All NYC voters who sign up today for either of these important election resources will receive an NYC Votes "I Voted" enamel pin in the mail. There is yet another critical election coming in November 2019: Voters in all five boroughs will decide a number of ballot initiatives proposed by the 2019 NYC Charter Revision Commission.
In 2018, The Daily Beast said the NYC Votes “I Voted” sticker “communicates an unadulterated patriotism and old-school levity not usually seen in this vitriolic political era.”
The CFB had provided "I Voted" stickers to the BOE free of charge for every election since November, 2013. NYC Votes has developed two stickers, each through a public design contest with the winner selected by an online vote. The first sticker, featuring the Statue of Liberty, was designed in 2013 by brother-sister duo Stanley and Zoe Markman.
The subway-themed sticker was designed in 2017 by Marie Dagata and Scott Heinz. The CFB received more than 700 submissions for that contest and the public voting process resulted in nearly 10,000 votes cast. Media outlets including Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Slate, and The New York Times praised NYC's subway-themed sticker. Countless New York City voters (and pets) have express their admiration for the "cute" stickers. The sticker inspired cupcakes, copycats, and other creations. Cities and states have replicated the contest to create their own. Yes, even New York City celebrities have been fans.
NYC Votes is the nonpartisan voter engagement initiative of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) and its Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC). In addition to promoting voter registration, participation, and civic engagement in New York City through its many programs and partnerships, NYC Votes sponsors the city’s official Debate Program and produces the citywide Voter Guide.