Hopefully you got your “I Voted” sticker after you hit the polls yesterday. The tradition of giving out the stickers started back in the early 80s in Miami and Phoenix as a way to encourage people to vote while creating a sense of community. Then caught on over the years to everywhere else.
The stickers cost less than a penny each to make. Usually the local governments order and pay for them. A company called Intab, who make all different kinds of election supplies, say they sell rolls of 1,000 stickers for $7 a pop and normally sell more than 30 million per year.
And my pro tip to avoid missing out on your sticker for next election… vote early!