Press Release: NYC Votes is pleased to announce that voting for the next official NYC “I Voted” Sticker is now open. The public is invited to select their three favorite designs from 10 finalists in order of preference.
The new sticker will debut on the day of the citywide primary election, on Tuesday, September 12, at poll sites across NYC. The winning sticker will be printed by the NYC Campaign Finance Board and distributed on Election Day in partnership with the NYC Board of Elections.
Arranged in alphabetical order by the designers’ last names, the contest finalists are:
View our blog post for more information about the designers, and quotes from each of them describing their designs.
The ten finalists were chosen from more than 700 designs. The finalists were chosen based on their overall aesthetic quality, the strength and effectiveness of the design’s pro-voting message, how well the design reflects New York City, and the uniqueness or standout factor of the design.
“We’ve been overjoyed by the excitement and enthusiasm for this competition, and we hope this energy will transfer over to the fast approaching citywide elections this year,” said Amy Loprest, executive director of the CFB. “These ten designs were clear standouts, and I want to wish the finalists the best of luck.”
People of all ages and walks of life are eligible to vote in the contest on their phone, computer, or tablet. Participants will be able to choose their first, second, and third favorite designs.
Voting begins on Friday, April 28 and ends Tuesday, May 9, closing at 9:00 PM (ET) much like a real Election Day. The two-week voting window reflects the timeframe given to voters in many states with early voting laws. Early voting is one of several voting reforms that NYC Votes will be advocating for on Voter Day, May 2nd, in Albany.
The votes will be counted using an instant runoff voting model. Instant runoff voting is a style of voting used for elections in places like San Francisco, Minneapolis, Maryland, Australia, and Ireland.
Here’s a video from FairVote.org that simply explains how this process works:
This voting model ensures that the winner will have support from a majority of voters. If a winner does not emerge with 50% of the vote in the 1st Choice tally, the sticker with the fewest votes will be removed from consideration. Voters who chose this sticker as their first choice will then have their second choice votes counted towards those stickers. This process will be repeated until one sticker has emerged with a 50% majority and is declared the winner.
NYC Votes is the nonpartisan voter engagement initiative of the NYC Campaign Finance Board. For more information about the “I Voted” Sticker Contest, please contact the CFB at firstname.lastname@example.org.