HATTON, N.D. -- The artistic work of Hatton-Eielson Public School student Khloe Brandon will stick with voters on Election Day.
Brandon is the winner of the “I Voted” sticker contest sponsored by the North Dakota County Auditors Association. The fourth-grader’s winning entry is an eagle with a backdrop of the American flag. She created the design after looking through books and seeing separate images of the American flag and eagle, she said.
“I put the two of them together. They both represent the United States,” she explained. “It’s exciting that I had the best one out of the whole state, and that it will be the sticker all counties give voters."
Brandon received a plaque with a picture of her “I Voted” sticker from the North Dakota County Auditors Association for winning the statewide contest.
Hatton fourth-grade students entered the contest after Traill County Auditor Glenda Haugen visited the classroom last fall to talk about county government and citizenship, said Tracy Handly, who teaches fourth grade at Hatton-Eielson Public School.
Haugen’s presentation about county government and, specifically elections, melded well with Handly’s class studies because, in North Dakota, students learn about citizenship and state government, Handly said.
Haugen and other county auditors across North Dakota also announced the sticker contest when they spoke to the fourth-grade students. The only requirement was that the sticker include the words "I Voted." The sticker will be used in the 2020 election and in future elections.
Fourth-grade students in 43 North Dakota counties participated in the contest. In Traill County alone, there were 86 entries.
“The entries were amazing. We have some very talented fourth-graders in the state,” said Donnell Preskey Hushka, North Dakota County Auditors Association executive director said in a news release. "Kids were excited to have their sticker handed out on Election Day, and it showed in their creative designs."
Handly said she is thrilled for Brandon. “I can’t wait to see everyone wearing her sticker on Election Day,” Handly said.
Voting in the North Dakota June primary will be done by mail because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but many counties plan to include the ‘I Voted” sticker when they mail ballots to voters.