The 'I Ohio Voting' Sticker is Going Away — and You Can Vote For Its Replacement

A committee chose their three favorite student designs for its replacement and now Ohio citizens of all ages can vote for the winner online.

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If you've visited a voting booth in the Buckeye State in the past few years, you've probably gotten a sticker as a reward and may have puzzled over what, exactly, it says.

The sticker is in the "I Heart _____" format, but instead of a heart, it has the outline of Ohio on it before the word "Voting." Is it supposed to read "I Heart Voting?" Or "I Love Voting?" Or maybe it's a slightly nonsensical "I Ohio Voting," a full-on Brick Tamland non-sequitur right up there with "I love lamp." 

We fully admit we are overthinking this. And, as it turns out, soon it won't matter anyway.

In an effort to include kids in Ohio's voting process, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced a replacement sticker design competition exclusively for kids in grades 6-12 back in March. 

The current slightly and delightfully confusing sticker started its tenure in 2011, but apparently voting stickers also have term limits and eight years is the max. A committee chose their three favorite student designs for its replacement and now Ohio citizens of all ages can vote for the winner online.

The replacements each have their own fun vibe but don't stray much from the current incumbent. Sort of feels like a real election that way. Check out the students' great designs — including one from a Milford senior — and vote for your favorite here. The contest closes Friday, May 17. 

We have some unanswered questions, though. Mainly, why not just reward voters with cookies?

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