“I Voted” stickers await Alaskan voters during in-person voting at Mendenhall Mall. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

“I Voted” stickers await Alaskan voters during in-person voting at Mendenhall Mall. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Public voting begins for Soldotna’s ‘I voted’ sticker contest

Voting will be open until Sunday, July 21

Finalists have been named in a contest put on by the City of Soldotna to design “I Voted” stickers for use at polling places next Election Day.

Artists across three categories submitted art by a deadline last month. In each of those categories — youth, adult and “Future Voter” — three finalists have been named and public voting is now open to decide which stickers will be available this fall.

Contest rules said that all participants needed to be residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. They called for submissions featuring “an original design that celebrates voting and Soldotna, Alaska.”

Each of the Future Voter finalists features Alaska vistas and mountains. Each also features a sunset. They represent a bear, a salmon and a boat.

Salmon are a centerpiece of each of the youth finalists — though one salmon is depicted in the clutches of a bear.

The adult category finalists include a moose imposed over the background of an Alaska flag, a tent overlooking a glacier and a river scene silhouetted against a mountain.

Public voting for the contest will be open until Sunday, July 21. A link can be found to the vote — and images of all nine finalists — at “City of Soldotna” on Facebook. The winning designs will be available as “I voted” stickers at polling sites and absentee voting locations this fall.

Full rules and more information can be found at soldotna.org, under the City Clerk’s office.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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