Cumberland County: You can help pick the next ‘I Voted’ sticker, designed by a student

Myron B. Pitts
Fayetteville Observer

I don’t believe people should just throw away their power for no reason, so I am all for voting. 

My wife and I often will take our children, Helen Ann, who is almost 9, and Samuel, who is 11, into the booth with us when we vote.

A favorite rite of passage is receiving the “I Voted” sticker — it is fun branding for the importance business of democracy. 

More:Cumberland County school students can design the next ‘I Voted’ sticker. Power to the people.

More:Cumberland County voter guide to the 2024 primary elections

And we always get the children a sticker, too, one per offspring.

The public can vote for one of four designs for the 2024 ‘I Voted’ sticker contest sponsored by the Cumberland County Board of Elections.

How fitting that the next I Voted sticker will be designed by one of their own  —  a schoolkid. The Cumberland County Board of Elections has completed the first round of choosing a design for the upcoming general election sticker from submissions by students in grades sixth through 12.

Now the ball is in our court in picking a winner. 

We folks in the public can vote for one of four designs by the finalists at the following link as well as through the Board of Elections website. The last day to vote will be Thursday, April 4, 2024.

The top three designs from round two will advance,  according to a new releases at the Board of Eletions. 

Members of the board and Elections Director Angie Amaro will choose one winning design, which will be used at polling sites for the Nov. 5, 2024, general election, which includes the presidential election. 

“The sticker voted by a majority of the Board of Elections members will be declared the contest winner,” the release states.

The stickers had to be nonpartisan — and take a look they are — and the release states “were required to incorporate Cumberland County symbols and be a 4-inch circle format capable of being reduced to a 2-inch format.”

I thought I was leaning toward one design heavily, but now I’m not so sure … Hmm ..

Anyway, take the time. This should be much easier than filling out your March Madness basketball bracket. 

And more importantly earn that sticker in November: Vote

Opinion Editor Myron B. Pitts can be reached at mpitts@fayobserver.com or 910-486-3559.