She nixed the "I voted" stickers to save money, but Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson has come up with a replacement: a profile picture that proclaims "Pierce County Votes."
Anyone can get the image from the auditor's webpage, piercecountywa.org/auditor, or at the auditor's Facebook page, facebook.com/PierceCoAuditor, or Twitter account, @PierceCountyAud. By clicking on the link in the post, you'll get an automatic download for your profile or page.
The image reads "Pierce County Votes." The Facebook cover image adds: "I did!"
The pictures will be available Friday but are intended for use only after voting. Ballots start arriving in the mail Saturday.
Election specialist Michelle Ackers created the images. The Auditor's Office searched for a young artist to come up with a design, but no one stepped forward, Anderson said. The Auditor's Office offered to pay $100 for a design.
Anderson said the goals for adding the images for social media are "to give visibility to the election and to create peer pressure to encourage participation."
"Just like the stickers in the voters' pamphlet, this is an honor system," Anderson said.
"We won't be validating anyone's voting record," she said. "If we did background checks on everyone who wanted to use the image, then it would be more expensive than the darned sticker we're replacing."
In July, Anderson eliminated those "I voted" stickers, which where were inserted in the voters' pamphlet. The cost: about $20,000 for each countywide election.
The Nov. 5 election is Pierce County's first minus the stickers but with the social media pictures.