Wednesday, November 07, 2012
5 things we learned from the 'I Voted' challenge

Throughout this election season, the CNN Politics team has published a series of "5 things we learned" stories after big political events, like debates and conventions.


We thought we'd follow in their footsteps with our own set of five learnings after completing the nationwide "I Voted" iReport challenge. You shared more than 2,700 "I Voted" stickers and other voter artifacts from all 50 states - congratulations!


Here's what we learned from your submissions, from serious to silly:


1. Oregonians vote by mail

Did you know that Oregon doesn't have precincts and voting machines? Residents there can only vote via mail or by dropping their ballot off at designated libraries and offices. Oregonian iReporter Emily Erwin shared a photo of herself sending in her ballot on Election Day. The downside to mail-in ballots? "I don't have a sticker to show off," she said.


2. Georgia's sticker stands out from the rest

Here in Atlanta, we're definitely fans of the "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker with its pretty peach background. But besides being symbolic of the peach state, it's also the only "I Voted" sticker we saw that didn't feature red or blue. Here's to standing out from the crowd!


3. It's a hipster civic duty to post your sticker on Instagram

We know where all the cool kids were on Election Day. Seriously, look at you guys. Instagram was flooded with photos of voters proudly sporting their stickers (we'll admit, we did it too). We invited you to share yours via the hashtag #ivotedcnn and received more than 2,000 photos.


4. Not everyone gets a sticker after they vote

It's tragic, really. But voters in New York, New Jersey and Oregon - along with many people who voted absentee, voted early, or whose precincts couldn't afford stickers or ran out - didn't get stickers after casting their ballots. We thought that was very sad, so we created a lovely printable sticker for all you voters who didn't get one to show your pride.  And some of you even designed your own!


5. You bring your kids to vote

Some parents wanted to teach their kids about the democratic process, others just couldn't find child care. But whatever the reason, many of you with kids brought them along to the polling place. "Taking children to the polls is important, even though there's sometimes a wait," said Lucy Tyler, whose daughter is in the pink shirt above. She stood in line for three hours to vote in Alexandria, Virginia. Still, she says, "it's important for them to understand the meaning of election day at a young age." And, of course, nobody loves to wear the "I Voted" stickers more than kids!


Didn't share your sticker yet? What are you waiting for?! Add it to our collection and view all the others here.

November 7, 2012
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Five things we learned about voting:


Vote early and often.


Have someone vouch for you, so that you can vote against the voter I.D. amendment.


Vote the dead.


Vote your pets.


Vote your children.

November 9, 2012
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Love this!

November 15, 2012
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