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Instead of stickers, Chicago voters are receiving a wristband

Zach Long
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Zach Long

During every election season, you'll always hear complaints from voters who yearn for the days when they would receive an “I Voted!” sticker after casting their ballot. The city phased out stickers more than two decades ago, according to the Sun-Times, citing factors such as cost and the fact that they often ended up affixed to items that were not voters. Polling places in Chicago have been handing out boring black and white receipts to voters for the past few years, but it's difficult to integrate those slips of paper into a compelling selfie.

This year, Chicago voters are receiving a new piece of swag in return for doing their civic duty—a wristband that looks similar to the ones you receive at summer music festivals after proving that you're old enough to drink. Early voting kicked off in Chicago on September 29 and voters have already started showing off their wristbands, which read "I Voted! Did You?" Before you start complaining about the desecration of yet another Chicago voting tradition, rest assured, voters are also being given those classic ballot receipts.

You can get your own wristband by casting your vote in Chicago—early voting is in full swing at 15 W Washington St, and will expand to polling places across the city as November 8 approaches. If you go to the poll, make sure to snag a wristband and show off your commitment to democracy (though you probably shouldn't wear it for more than a few days).

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