"I Voted" Sticker Contest

NEVADA COUNTY ELECTIONS “I VOTED” STICKER CONTEST

Nevada County Elections is inviting submissions for original artwork to use as the county “I Voted” sticker in the 2022 Election Cycle. 

We offer this opportunity as a way to allow our citizens to express the importance of voting and civic engagement in Nevada County. Nevada County is home to a culturally diverse community of residents with a love for the arts and the outdoors. It is also home to an engaged electorate. Nevada County consistently boasts some of the highest voter turnout in California. 

Artwork submitted should reflect the culture and values of Nevada County. Artists are encouraged to create a visual representation of what voting means to Nevada County citizens in the form of a design which will be displayed as a sticker that voters wear indicating their participation in an election. 

Nevada County Elections will invite all artists to submit designs from July 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021. Staff will select the top five (5) submissions to become finalists. The public will then have the opportunity to vote on their favorite designs at the annual Nevada County Fair in August 2021. The winner will be announced on September 1, 2021.

SCHEDULE

This schedule is tentative, and dates may be adjusted without notice. 

Artist’s optional Q&A over Zoom: June 30, 2021 

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2021

Evaluation of Submissions (Phase 1): August 2, 2021 through August 6, 2021

Public Voting Period (Phase 2): August 11 through August 15, 2021 at the Nevada County Fair

Winner Announced: September 1, 2021

ARTIST’S OPTIONAL Q&A

A Question and Answer session is available for anyone who has questions about the contest on June 30, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. The Q&A will be held virtually by Zoom. Please email natalie.adona@co.nevada.ca.us for the Zoom link.

Questions can also be directed at elections.mail@co.nevada.ca.us or by calling (530) 265-1298 between 8am-5pm during normal business hours.

BACKGROUND

Nevada County was one of five to first implement the California Voter’s Choice Act in 2018. Every voter receives a ballot in the mail and is able to cast a ballot by mail, at a drop box, or in person at a vote center. There are approximately 75,000 registered voters in all of Nevada County. 

All active registered Nevada County voters are all sent a ballot in the mail 29 days before the election. Each ballot sent through the mail contains an “I Voted” sticker. Voters are also provided with an “I Voted” sticker when they appear in person to cast a ballot. 

The artist whose design/concept is chosen by the public will have their design sent to all registered voters in Nevada County via the “I Voted” sticker included with every mailed ballot. 

The Registrar of Voters presents this unique opportunity to allow artists to participate in a larger voter education and engagement effort. Nevada County Elections recognizes the importance of information and transparency in all aspects of the elections and voting process. The design of elections materials play a key role in making voting easy, effective, and pleasant.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

Submissions: One artist may submit as many as three (3) different designs.

Themes: Submissions must relate to some aspect of elections and voting in Nevada County. All artwork must reflect the nonpartisan values inherent to election administration.

Dimensions: Submissions can be oval, circular, square, or any other shape but must also be able to fit on a sticker not more than 2 inches in diameter.

Artist Statement: An artist statement of why voting is important to them, plus a photo and bio (no longer than 300 words).

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Optional

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2021

Proposal Evaluation Phase (Phase 1)

An Evaluation Panel comprised of Nevada County Elections staff will review the submittals and select up to x submissions to move to the public voting phase (phase 2).  

Public Voting Phase (Phase 2)

The public voting phase will consist of the top ranked submissions being showcased at the Nevada County Fair where members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design. The design with the most votes will win the contest.

Contact Email: elections.mail@co.nevada.ca.us