Richfield fifth grader wins ‘I Voted’ contest

Published 11:59 am Friday, November 10, 2023

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A Richfield Elementary student has been elected.

Well, his sticker was elected.

Fifth grader Zachary Rodriguez won the Stanly County Board of Elections “I Voted” sticker contest.

His sticker featuring North Carolina with a flag received 176 votes, with 18 coming on Election Day Tuesday and 158 cast in early voting.

The second place finisher entered a sticker with a flag background and “I Voted” and “USA” on it. This choice received 26 Election Day votes and 135 in early voting.

“We were excited to see several future voters and a couple of the student sticker designers vote during our open house, as well as the community participation during ‘early voting’ on Facebook,” Elections Director Kimberly Blackwelder said. “Thank you to all the teachers and school administrators who supported and participated in the event. In the future we hope to expand school participation and student voting.”

Blackwelder said Rodriguez will be presented with a certificate and his class will receive a pizza party.