Minnesota's 'I voted' stickers have stood the test of time

Winston Chrislock wore an I Voted sticker.
In this Nov. 3 2015 file photo Winston Chrislock, a retired professor at the University of St. Thomas, wears his "I voted" sticker as he left the polling place at the Front Ave High Rise in St. Paul's Fifth Ward.
Regina McCombs | MPR News 2015

The official who helped bring the "I voted" stickers to Minnesota to encourage people to turn out at the polls thought the idea was crazy.

But the stickers that millions of Minnesotans have proudly sported after casting Election Day ballots have stood the test of time.

Some states have stickers tailored to their state — such as Georgia's with a peach on it. Minnesota's is basic, with white letters in a red circle. It was passed into law in 1993.

Joe Mansky helped design it while working in the secretary of state's office. And while the design has lasted more than two decades, Mansky tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he'd have no problem if it was changed.

Mansky says he'd be happy if someone improved on it.

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