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Looking for a Louisiana 'I Voted' sticker? Look online.

Jean-Paul Fonte
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

If you were looking forward to getting an "I Voted" sticker after casting your vote in the 2020 presidential election in Louisiana, you're out of luck — sort of. 

According to a press release from the Louisiana Secretary of State's office, polling locations in the state will not be distributing physical "I Voted" stickers as they had in previous years. The change comes in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as a way "to help protect the health and safety of our election workers and voters."

Although you may not be able to get a physical sticker this year, you can still get an "I Voted" sticker of a sort. But like many things in 2020, it's gone digital. 

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Voters can download a digital sticker from the secretary of state website that can be displayed on social media or used as a background on electronic devices like your smartphone or tablet. 

“Knowing the excitement voters have for 'I Voted' stickers, we wanted to make sure there was a way for voters to express their pride in voting,” Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said. “So in the midst of a pandemic, we introduce the Louisiana version of an electronic 'I Voted' sticker.”

Voters are also encouraged to share their pictures using the #GeauxVoteLouisiana hashtag on social media. 

Louisiana's first "I Voted" stickers issued for the 2016 presidential election featuring the late Acadiana artist George Rodrigue's iconic "Blue Dog" were wildly popular. Some were even sold on eBay in previous years for upwards of $10. 

Last year's sticker, featuring Lafayette artist Tony Bernard's design, earned a national award for originality and creativity from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Early voting for the presidential election and the congressional primary began Friday and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 27 (excluding Sundays) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

For more information about elections and voting, contact the Elections Division at 800.883.2805 or elections@sos.la.gov.

Greg Hilburn, covering state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana, contributed to this report.