Ann Arbor’s unique “I Voted” stickers for 2020 deserve national recognition

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor’s new custom “I Voted” stickers were a hit in the November 2020 election, and now they have received national recognition.

The US Election Assistance Commission this week announced the winners of the 2020 Clearinghouse Awards, also known as the “Clearie” Awards, for election administration best practices, and recognized the unique Ann Arbor-centric stickers.

Ann Arbor is among the four winners for creative and original “I Voted” sticker designs along with Connecticut State, Escambia County in Florida, and San Mateo County in California.

“I was really excited to see our stickers get national attention with their local flare,” said town clerk Jackie Beaudry. “It was a great project to create interest and excitement in the community ahead of the presidential election.”

The town clerk’s office held a sticker design competition last year, in which three winners were selected by public vote.

In the K-6 student category, Sylvia DeBord of Bach Elementary School won for her design with a map of Michigan with Ann Arbor marked with a star.

Pioneer High School’s Marcela Passos won grades 7 through 12 for her design with Michigan and State theaters and the Burton Memorial Tower.

Eric Oppitz of Ward 5 was the winner of the citywide competition for a silhouetted mashup of Ann Arbor landmarks, including the Big House, Michigan Theater and Burton Memorial Tower, and the Huron River.

The stickers were well received by absentee voters and polling stations on the University of Michigan campus, Beaudry said.

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The Election Assistance Commission was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 and is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for information related to election administration.

To advance this mission, the EAC launched the Clearies in 2016 to promote election best practices and celebrate the achievements of electoral officials.

“In an incredibly challenging year, election officials took the opportunity to come up with new, innovative solutions for voters,” EAC Commissioner and 2020 Chairman Ben Hovland said in a statement. “Because of their creativity and perseverance, millions of voters have heard their votes in extremely well-run, record-breaking elections.”

Other award categories include outstanding innovations in election management, outstanding innovations in cybersecurity and technology for elections, improving accessibility for voters with disabilities, and best practices in recruiting, training and retaining election workers. See other award winners.


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