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Images courtesy of NYC Votes
Images courtesy of NYC Votes

Gearing up for the 2017 New York City elections, NYC Votes has announced the candidates for its recently announced “I Voted” sticker contest.

In March, New Yorkers were encouraged to submit their designs. Submissions have now been narrowed down from more than 700 to just 10, with the winning sticker set to debut on the day of the citywide primary election – Tuesday, September 12 – at poll sites across the five boroughs.

People of all ages are encouraged to vote in the contest on their phone, computer or tablet, with participants able to choose their first, second and third favorite designs.

The winning sticker will be printed by the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB) and distributed on Election Day in partnership with the NYC Board of Elections.

The finalists, organizers said, 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 10 designs were clear standouts, and I want to wish the finalists the best of luck.”

Voting is open now through Tuesday, May 9 at 9 p.m.

The two-week voting window, organizers expressed, reflects the time frame given to voters in many states with early voting laws, early voting being just one of several voting reforms NYC Votes is advocating for on Voter Day (May 2) in Albany.

Furthermore, design votes will be counted using an instant runoff voting model, a style in which voters can rank candidates in order of preference that is currently used for elections in places like San Francisco, Minneapolis, Maryland, Australia and Ireland.

To vote, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYCSticker.

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