Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2021 #28
Order Adopted
Feb 8, 2021 5:30 PM

Redesigning Cambridge Voting Stickers

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Department:City Clerk's Office, SSSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The Cambridge Election Commission provides voters with an “I voted” sticker after their ballots are cast during election season; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

These stickers are an important symbol for Cambridge voters, and indicate to others that they’ve participated in their civic duty, and are worn by residents with pride; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cities around the country, such as San Francisco and Chicago, have designed stickers in a variety of languages, many of which reflect the demographics of their constituencies; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In Cambridge, the design of our voting stickers only displays the phrase, “I voted,” in English; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Our residents speak several languages, including Spanish, Amharic, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Portuguese, among others; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In the fall, we conducted widespread voter engagement and outreach strategies to increase voter turnout, especially in neighborhoods of color and multi-language family households; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

One of the ways to continue increasing voter turnout and excitement, is to provide “I voted” stickers that reflect the culture, languages and people of Cambridge; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Engaging Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students in designing a new sticker that reflects the soul of Cambridge is a great way to civically engage our young scholars, and to provide residents with a sticker to wear with pride after voting in local, state and federal elections; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager confer with the Executive Director of the Election Commission on the feasibility of new stickers for future elections; and be it further ordered

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager coordinate with the Executive Director of the Election Commission, the Board of Election Commissioners, Cambridge Public Schools, and Mayor’s office to develop a design contest in partnership with CRLS students.

 

Meeting History

Feb 8, 2021 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan