Ketchikan students among regional finalists in “I Voted” sticker contest

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Copeland Loeffler, left, and Keely Nall are finalists in a competition to design this year’s ‘I Voted’ stickers distributed at the ballot box. (Photo and photo illustration courtesy of Jessica Boyer and Chloe Hall)

Two young Ketchikan are competing for their works to appear on the “I voted” stickers distributed at the polls. Keely Nall and Copeland Loeffler, both fifth-grade students at Houghtaling Elementary School, are among four Southeast Alaska finalists in the Elections Division Art Contest.

Nall’s “I Voted” sticker features state symbols. A willow ptarmigan is surrounded by blue and yellow flowers.

“Since the ptarmigan is the state bird, it occurred to me to do it, and then I really like the forget-me-not too, and it’s also the state flower, so I I did too, and the yellow is for the stars,” Nall said.

Loeffler’s design features an American flag background with an inner circle divided into two halves. At the bottom is a rendition of the Alaska flag and at the top are the words “I voted”. Loeffler says he was inspired by the story of Benny Bensonthe 13-year-old boy who designed Alaska’s territorial and national flag in 1927.

“It means Alaska is in America and represents Alaskan history,” Loeffler said.

The contest is one of many public voter education efforts designed to demonstrate Alaska new priority voting system. In 2020, voters narrowly approved a ballot measure that creates a nonpartisan, single-choice primary followed by a ranked general election in which voters select their first, second, third and fourth choices for office. state and federal.

Nall and Loeffler advanced as two of the top four voters in an open primary contest. Now they and two Juneau students are competing in a ranked general election. The winners of the five regional competitions will appear on stickers given to voters.

Alaskans can vote online to rank their favorites at elections.alaska.gov until April 12.

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