Gwinnett County debuts bilingual voting sticker

Gwinnett County voting stickers
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Gwinnett County voting stickers

It’s here Gwinnett voters: the latest in elections paraphernalia.

Gone are the traditional “I’m a Georgia Voter” stickers for county residents who’ve exercised their civic duty on Election Day. Those big peaches are so last election.

On Tuesday, the state’s second most populous and most diverse county began handing out new stickers emblazoned with the words “I Voted” and “Yo Voté”. And of course, there’s still a peach.

This is the first time the stickers are being used, said Terry Jurjevich, the poll manager at Centerville Elementary in Snellville.

In addition to the stickers, Gwinnett's ballots were also produced in two languages. Tuesday's primary election is the first time that all voting material is available in both English and Spanish to county voters.


READ | When voting started, Gwinnett was ready for its Spanish speakers


The bilingual materials are the result of a 2016 Census Bureau designation. As part of the federal Voting Rights Act, jurisdictions are required to provide bilingual ballot access if more than 5 percent or 10,000 citizens of voting age are members of a single language minority and have difficulty speaking English.

“Ballot access” includes everything from registration forms and website information to Spanish-speaking poll workers.

Gwinnett’s population is more than 20 percent Hispanic.

The new stickers were a hit with voters who took to social media to share their photos:

 
 

But not everyone was excited about the change:

 

There’s still time to get your own “I Voted/Yo Voté “sticker. Polls in Gwinnett County are open until 7 p.m. Anyone in line at that time can still cast a ballot.

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What’s on the ballot in Gwinnett:

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Here's a look at the major Gwinnett government and school races for the May 22 primary.