The End of “I voted” Stickers

Those “I voted” stickers handed out at polling places on election day are going away. 

The News Tribune reports today that the Pierce County Auditor’s office has made the decision to do away with the stickers to save money. A number of other cost-saving measures are being considered as well, but the stickers are gone, saving the county about $20,000 every election.

Julie Anderson has reversed her position on the stickers, despite bringing them back to mail-in ballots just two years ago with this statement to voters.

We know you love the “I Voted” sticker. Thousands wear it proudly, as a reminder to others. Well, we’ve found a way to include the stickers in your Voters’ Pamphlet. And this way, you can wear “I Voted” at any time during the election period. In fact, we hope you will. Pierce County voter participation is the lowest in the state. Help us remind everyone of this important civic duty.

But now the TNT quotes Anderson with a slightly different view.

I have seen no evidence that this amenity is widely used or appreciated,” she said. “More importantly, it adds no value to the election process.

When you vote, you’re not doing it to get credit, you’re doing it to make your voice heard, to have a say in your government, and to do your civic duty. That said, there is something nice about getting credit for it. Like a lot of you, we proudly sport our “I voted” stickers every election day. They say more than just “I voted.” They say “I care about my community” and “I have opinions and want to be heard.” And then there’s the implied “I voted… and so should you.”

Do you want to help the folks at Exit133 pay our bills and keep up with of all things Tacoma? Do you want to see even more coverage? Exit133 has always been free to read and comment, and it will stay that way. However, over the years, readers have contributed to the bank account to help us keep up our coverage of goings-on around town. Contribute and this message disappears!

Support Exit133


fred davieRegistered

They are discontinuing the stickers to “save money?”

Was that the same motivation for misprinting all the property tax statements a few months ago which cost the county thousands of dollars? This is typical government stewardship of resources…penny wise and pound foolish.

July 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

0 | 0

Published Author RR AndersonRegistered

It just so happens that Tinkertopia has come across a crate of “I voted” stickers…  probably a lifetime supply.  We’ll sell them buy the yard!

July 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

0 | 0

Post A New Comment

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Potentially Related Articles