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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vote on "I Voted" Stickers Before It's Too Late (Updated)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

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Update: The "I [Ohio] Voting" sticker design is your winner, Ohio, so you better really [Ohio] voting. (We assume that means "love," but it could also be "Would probably hook up with if we were drunk and the girlfriend didn't find out." Either way.)

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today this version received 38% of the vote (22,572 in all). Remember, atheists pushed hard for this one because there was no mention of God, so there are some happy atheists today. The Dayton Daily News reports Husted said: “While voting is serious business, selecting our state’s next “I Voted Today” sticker provided an outreach opportunity to get both younger and older Ohioans excited about the voting process. The Election Day sticker is worn as a badge of honor by many and I wanted Ohioans to have the chance to voice their opinion and help pick our new design.” He did not congratulate atheists on their victory.

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There's a scant six days left until voting ends on Ohio's new "I Voted" stickers. No, no longer is the simple phrase that's adorned the chest of practicing Americans good enough anymore. Ohio wanted to shake things up, so six options were delivered to the public and a deadline set.

The option with the most support come end of voting on August 8 will be our new sticker. Democracy before democracy, we dig it.

Of course, this is politics, so the process hasn't been without its share of controversy. Atheist groups are lobbying hard for non God-fearing Americans and true believers in the divide between church and state to vote for anything except for the first two, both of which include the phrase, "With God all things are possible." Specifically, the red design is in first and the "I [Ohio] Voting" is in second, so they're imploring voters to log in and cast their votes accordingly.

From our vantage point, the fact that the sticker implies voters "voted," as in making an educated, researched, and informed decision, is the biggest problem with all the options. Why no "I put check marks down the party line," or "I totally winged it based on how the last names sounded," or "I randomly chose shit, just being honest" instead? We'd vote for any of those.

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