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"I Voted" Sticker Design Contest

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Calling All Local Artists! - "I Voted" Sticker Designs Wanted!

It’s time to get creative! Your design could be chosen to help promote voting in Ann Arbor. The City Clerk's Office, with support from the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, is seeking local artists, including students, to design the City's 2020 "I Voted" stickers and the public is invited to vote on the final designs.

Submissions 

Submissions must be made on the off​​icial template​ and are due on or before March 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Only one submission will be accepted per artist​. Multiple submissions from the same artist will disqualify all submissions from consideration. Submissions with completed in​formation may be made in-person at the City Clerk’s Office, 301 E. Huron Street, 2nd Floor; via email to A2Votes@a2gov.org; or mailed to City Clerk's Office, Attn: I Voted Sticker Contest, P.O. Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107.

 
The citywide contest is open to all City of Ann Arbor residents and K-12 students in the City of Ann Arbor. Winners will be chosen in three categories, with all winning stickers being printed and/or digitally distributed to voters on Election Day. Unique prizes for winners in each category will be awarded. The City may also use any of the submissions in election-related promotional materials or displays at special events.

​​​Background

The City is currently preparing for the 2020 Presidential Election and that includes planning for voter turnout and the popular "I Voted" stickers. The City Clerk’s Office is eager to include a locally designed custom “I Voted” sticker to get voters excited about the upcoming election season.
 
“I Voted” stickers are a badge of honor proudly worn by voters to both declare they exercised their voting rights and to influence others to do the same. To increase a sense of community among local voters and make voting more fun, the City Clerk’s Office is hosting an “I Voted” sticker design contest for new stickers to be distributed at the polls with the 2020 Presidential Election next November. This bit of art, combined with other efforts such as the statewide encouragement for voters sharing selfies outside of their polling places, will serve to help get out the vote and encourage new voters to share their civic pride.

Design Criteria

Michigan election law guides what can-and-cannot be displayed at polling places. Additionally, the City of Ann Arbor has over 100,000 registered voters and the City must maintain a reasonable production cost for the custom stickers. Therefore, it is necessary to define some parameters for design submissions. Submissions not meeting the following criteria will be disqualified prior to judging:
 
  1. Number of colors is limited to three, white space is not counted
  2. Sticker size and shape is a circle two inches in diameter, template is double sized and will be reduced
  3. Designs must include the phrase “I voted” or a variation on the phrase clearly expressing a message relating to voting and elections
  4. Sticker should not be dated, so as to allow use in future elections
  5. References to any political parties or interest groups are prohibited
  6. References to any campaign slogans, symbols, or candidates are prohibited
  7. While not required, it is encouraged that the sticker design promote voting in Ann Arbor!
 
Schedule
Date

​March 31, 5:00 p.m.
​Deadline for submissions  
​​April 1 - April 15
​Submissions will be reviewed for design criteria​ 
April 16 - April 30
​Judges select and notify finalists
​May 1 - May 31
Public voting​
​June 1 - 12​Winners contacted and artist agreements signed
June 15
Winners announced at City Council meeting

​Awards
​Category
​Award
​Citywide Contest Winner
​$500 and printed “I Voted” sticker for distribution in N​ovember 2020 General Election and future City elections
​Grades 7 - 12 Contest Winner
​$250 and printed “I Voted” sticker for distribution in November 2020 General Election
​Grades K - 6 Contest Winner
​$100 and printed “I Voted” sticker for distribution in November 2020 General Election​