(11/6/18) While many Louisiana voters will have their say this Election Day, they’ll be without a sticky souvenir.
State voters sounded off Tuesday after not receiving “I voted” stickers at the polls. The items first became popular in 2016, when they included “blue dog” designs from Louisiana artist George Rodrigue.
Voters initially suspected that the stickers were absent because of poor planning by the Secretary of State’s office, which operates elections in Louisiana. In an email to BRProud.com Tuesday, office spokeswoman Brandee Patrick owes the absence to “budgetary constraints.”
“We didn’t send out stickers this year,” Patrick wrote. “In my 14 years here, we’ve only sent them out for the 2016 presidential. We hope to be able to do the same in the future.”
The Secretary of State’s office spent $20,000 for four million stickers in 2016, according to USA Today Network.
Exactly how much Election Day stickers would have cost Louisiana this year remains unknown. State accountants were unavailable for comment Tuesday because of the statewide holiday.