It’s a Louisiana tradition.
When one votes, they receive a sticker proclaiming their participation in an election.
This year’s sticker was unveiled today in Lafayette, and it has a classic Louisiana look.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin unveiled the 2019 “I voted” sticker at the Hilliard University Art Museum on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Secretary Ardoin was joined by artist Tony Bernard for the unveiling.
The sticker is dubbed “In Love with Louisiana,” and it features a crowned brown Pelican and the state’s seal.
“We’re thrilled with this year’s sticker, and even more excited to see pictures of voters across social media platforms on Election Day,” Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said. “Voting is an integral part of democracy, and the stickers will be a visual representation of a vote cast.”
The stickers will be available for both elections this fall – both the Oct. 12 Gubernatorial Primary Election and also the Nov. 16 Gubernatorial General Election (run-off).
The stickers will also be available for early voters.
Early voting runs from Sept. 28 – Oct 5 for the Oct. 12 election, excluding Sept. 29. It runs from Nov. 2-9, excluding Nov. 3 for the run-off election.
This year’s artist is a Cajun through and through.
Bernard was born and raised in Lafayette and he’s been a commercial artist for decades, gaining recognition for his precise, detail-driven work.
Since beginning his career, Bernard has been commissioned to produce original art work for numerous festivals and Mardi Gras-related events. He also was once commissioned to design and make the official ornament for the White House Christmas Tree for the State of Louisiana.
“I voted” stickers are a sensation in Louisiana. Every Election Day, social media fills up with photos of people with their sticker.
They first appeared for the 2016 Presidential Election, but were so popular they now are here to stay.
Ardoin said he plans to work with future Louisiana artists for future elections.