If You Didn't Get An "I Voted" Sticker, Does Your Vote Still Count?

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Like most responsible, non-felon Americans, I exercised my right to (early) vote last week at a designated polling place before the hordes overtake the voting booths Tuesday because they procrastinated.

I did my civic and patriotic duty over at the West Gray polling station, that building covered in garish signs and other eye litter. While I was in line I got to watch a cute beginners yoga class for the elderly too, which made being late to work not so bad. One old fella in the back was asleep.

After I got done flipping coin after coin inside the voting booth -- I'm joking-- I left the room with a feeling of accomplishment. And what did I get as I left the building? A free lollipop, a complimentary cup of coffee? No.

I mean, I least got a "I Voted" sticker, right? Something to affix to my shirt for co-workers and friends to see?


There was no sticker waiting for this proud, red-blooded, non-felon, proactive American voter.

Something about a fire and shortage came the explanation from the voting volunteer when I asked him what everyone had no doubt asked him before me.

An important question:

Does your vote really count if you didn't get an "I Voted" sticker?

I mean, how do you prove that you even voted, besides one of those slips of paper with four digits on it? Those things are crap, you could picked it out of the trash. At least with an "I Voted" sticker, someone has to affix it to you, like a medal. They don't just give them to any Tom, Dick, or who votes, you know?

So tomorrow night as the voting totals roll in, I can only wonder what might have been if my vote was tallied with the rest of you people's, those of you who were blessed by the hands of kind God to get a sticker, those of you who are lucky to be a part of our hallowed democratic process.

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johnnybench topcommenter

I haven't missed an election in twenty years, even the crappy off-brand mayoral elections, and I've never been given one of those stickers. 


The problem with the "I Voted" stickers is that it creates peer pressure for the "unprepared" people to go out and vote so they don't look like a civics slob.  Do you really want to put pressure on people to vote?  I never where those stickers for that reason.  When you flush out unprepared voters then they vote based on the big money ads they've been subjected to not a thorough self-directed investigation of the facts.

Carlitos Way
Carlitos Way

Just wasted a couple of minutes of my life reading an articles that says nothing.


I love this article - I've NEVER gotten one of those stickers anywhere I've voted (in several different states!). I must always live in crappy precincts. 

Mary Walker
Mary Walker

They didn't want to give me a sticker. :( I ended up snatching it out of that grumpy lady's hands. Lol

Thor Delph
Thor Delph

Electoral college is why my vote won't mean Dick.

Greg Feczko
Greg Feczko

no sticker for me either :( maybe they are cutting costs this election by not buying stickers.... which sucks, because some hard work American could be producing those stickers in a plant somewhere. But most ironically, they would have been made in China :(

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