14-year-old's entry in 'I Voted' sticker design contest goes viral

Hudson Rowan, 14, became one particular of 6 finalists in the Ulster County Board of Elections’ contest to pick a new “I Voted” sticker with this design. His drawing went viral on the net and gathered far more than 160,000 votes in the 1st two months of on the internet voting. Picture courtesy of the Ulster County Board of Elections

July 11 (UPI) — A New York county’s on the web contest to select a new “I Voted” sticker is obtaining added notice soon after an unusual entry from a regional 14-12 months-outdated pupil went viral.

The Ulster County Board of Elections said additional than 168,000 votes have been cast in this year’s online contest to decide on a new sticker, in contrast to only about 500 votes overall in very last year’s inaugural contest.

The large the greater part of the votes so considerably have been for neighborhood college student Hudson Rowan’s style, which capabilities a multicolored, purple-eyed human head atop spider legs subsequent to the phrase, “I Voted.”

Rowan’s style experienced more than 157,500 votes as of Monday afternoon. The future most preferred of the 6 alternatives had about 6,300 votes. Voting lasts by means of the finish of July.

“It truly is absent a minor viral,” Ashley Dittus, Democratic commissioner for Board of Elections, informed the Periods Herald-Report newspaper. “Hudson’s structure has struck a chord with men and women, at minimum on line, and we are really acquiring a great time looking at all all those individuals from Ulster County, and all in excess of the place, interact with our web-site, have interaction with our contest.”

Rowan claimed he was amazed by how the voting has absent so far.

“I did not imagine I was likely to get as much interest as I did,” he said. “I thought given that mine was quite various from the other folks, I did not assume mine was heading to get a whole lot of awareness since of that, but I was incorrect. It was precisely the opposite.”

John Quigley, the Republican commissioner for the Ulster County Board of Elections, said Rowan’s style and design struck a nerve with voters.

“Someone tweeted, this is how voters sense about politics correct now, and I assumed it was pretty much like the best way to summarize it. It form of is just how we all sense about politics correct now,” he explained.