If you do your public duty this coming November and vote in the general election, prepare for crushing disappointment: no more “I voted” sticker.
Yes, it’s true. The tiny little prize – the toy at the bottom of your civic cereal box – is no more.
Blame Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, election killjoy.
It’s all about saving money, she said Wednesday.
Anderson’s office is considering various measures to reduce the cost of elections. Those ideas have surfaced as the County Council proposes an ordinance that would – if approved by the council and later by voters – shift most county elections to odd-numbered years.
The ordinance hasn’t passed – the council will consider it Tuesday – but Anderson already has decided to kill the stickers, regardless of the council’s decision.
“It was just too hard to look at that price tag and not take action,” she said Wednesday, via email. “Those stickers, inserted in the voter’s pamphlet, cost approximately $20,000 for every countywide election.”
The decision is final, the auditor said. She’s already made the call, perhaps inviting the wrath of sticker loyalists.
If so, she’s prepared for the fallout.
“I have seen no evidence that this amenity is widely used or appreciated,” she said. “More importantly, it adds no value to the election process.”
Sean Robinson: 253-598-8486