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Times are Tough at the Polls

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I realize that the economy is rough, and that for many, cutting corners has become a way of life.

Today, when I voted in the South Carolina presidential primary, I received quite a surprise after casting my ballot, and that surprised served as a laughable reminder of cost-cutting.

Normally, when you vote in South Carolina, a volunteer hands out a sticker that says, “I Voted” with the Palmetto Project logo.  Palmetto Project is a non-profit organization that works on a variety of initiatives in the state, and one of the group’s goals is to improve voter turnout.

The “I Voted” sticker, then, is sort of a tangible “thank you” for voting.

It’s a nice gesture.  But it really isn’t that necessary in the grand scheme of things, because no one who takes the time and effort to go to the polls does so just for the sticker.

But today, I noticed something quite comical:  that little sticker, which has, in the past, been roughly the size of a silver dollar, is now smaller than a dime.  See for yourself:

If they have to cut it to something so small that many people wouldn’t even notice you’re wearing it, why bother? Just offer a nice smile and a genuine verbal thank you and that’s enough.

Save your money. Put it to better use.

We can live without the sticker.

1 Comment

  1. Oh my! I have to agree with you! They should just discontinue giving them out. We don’t get anything here in PA when we vote – never did! I still vote, though. 🙂

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