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Election 2012: Voting Stickers Exist, But Not Everywhere in NYC
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6 Nov 2012 02:09 PM EST

-by Anthony Bell, Contributing Writer; Image: Foursquare offers a badge for checking in at voting locations, but you may not get an actual sticker. (Image Source: Foursquare)

Hopefully you went out and voted today—but did you get the iconic “I Voted” sticker?

Many New York City residents have gone sticker-less so far today after casting their ballot, causing backlash on Twitter and Facebook, asking what the deal is.

“What!? No "I voted" sticker??? #voting #ivoted #ivotedsticker,” posted Twitter user Lucie Basamanowicz.

“I voted in NYC and they didn't give me a sticker. What's with that?” asked Twitter user Dylan Pinter.

“I've voted for President 5 times in my life, in 5 different states, and I've never gotten an "I Voted" sticker. #outrage #suppression,” lamented Twitter user Tom Costello.

Across the boroughs, many residents echoed similar sentiments, wondering where the “I Voted” stickers are, according to the L Magazine. A Gothamist post in 2008, however, explained that New York doesn’t actually do stickers.

“Feeling cheated because you didn’t get your ‘I Voted’ sticker?” the post reads. “We called up the Board of Elections to check in on this very important situation, and they told us they don’t think New York City has ever handed out the little badges of civic duty.”

Still, photos of stickers in the area have turned up on Twitter and Instagram, and according to a post by Gothamist today, stickers do exist, but only in select locations. This could, however, be an independent effort.

At least users on the popular Foursquare app can pick up a virtual badge for checking in at polling locations today, and many creative New Yorkers will surely make their own stickers as voting continues throughout the evening.

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