Online voting is now open and will continue through March 1
The Philadelphia City Commissioners, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, sponsored a contest to redesign the ‘I Voted’ sticker that voters receive at the polls on election days.
The contest was open to all residents of Philadelphia or students of a school in Philadelphia. All told, there were over 150 entries, from which nine finalists were chosen.
The judging team selected three adult finalists, as well as two from each of the college, high school and K to 8th grade categories. Finalists range from professional graphic designers to elementary school students. Designs were digitized as needed.
The finalists are:
Christian Belluso, Adult
Adam Englehart, Adult
David Golden, Adult
Katie Fish, College
Gianna DiAddezio, College
Isaak Popkin, High School
Eddie Wang, High School
Elodie Breslin, K-8th Grade
Noah Seder, K-8th Grade
Their designs can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f153k53nbr67ws6/AAAik_UVk31iiqgGxbxmKndZa?dl=0
The team of judges who selected the finalists were from a diverse background of the arts, education, and government. Each brought a unique insight to the process, they were:
Grace Palladino – School District of Philadelphia, civics education specialist
Khara Garcia – graphic designer and art director, Philadelphia City Council
Nick Custodio – deputy commissioner, Office of City Commissioner Lisa Deeley
Caresh Toatley – Restorative Practices youth program manager, Mural Arts Philadelphia
Jeanette Bavwidinsi – director, Mayor’s Office of Youth Engagement
“This project was such a joy to work on, especially seeing all of the designs submitted by the young kids,” Garcia said. “With the time and effort that they put into their designs, it was a great tool to teach civic engagement and foster a love of art. I certainly hope that the children remember this when they get older and it is their chance to cast a ballot.”
“I know the ‘I Voted’ stickers may not be the most important thing that we do, but it is certainly something that the public is highly passionate about,” Deeley said. “With the all important 2020 elections upon us, this is the perfect time for us to roll out a new, unique sticker and get people excited about going to the polls. I am so happy with the wonderful designs that Philadelphians get to choose from. I hope everyone goes out and votes and gets their new sticker in April.”
The final step is for Philadelphians to vote for their favorite design. Voting is open now on the Philadelphia City Commissioners’ website, www.philadelphiavotes.com, or directly at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ivotedsticker. Voting will remain open until 11:45pm on March 1 and the overall winner will be announced soon after. The winning design will be printed on stickers that will be made available during the April 28 Primary Election. Designs will be translated into Spanish, if the design does not already include Spanish.