BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler hopes George Rodrigue's iconic Blue Dog will encourage voters to cast their ballot during the 2016 presidential election in November.
Schedler, along with Rodrigue's widow, Wendy, and their sons, Jacques and Andre, unveiled the new stickers on Monday, October 10. The stickers feature a Rodrigue painting of the Blue Dog with an American flag background.
Schedler says he is proud to work with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts to use this image, entitled Stand Up Straight and Tall (2001). Rodrigue's family granted the Secretary of State permission to use the painting, which is part of the permanent collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art, for these stickers.
"We were looking for a way to make this Presidential Election unique and exciting for Louisiana voters. We traditionally have robust turnout when we elect the President, but I'm hoping this sticker will put us over the top in terms of turnout. I have a feeling everyone is going to want to show their patriotism and pride by proudly wearing this nationally-famous Louisiana artist's 'I VOTED' sticker," said Schedler.
The stickers will be available to participating voters at each polling location on Election Day and at early voting sites in Louisiana. Early voting in Louisiana begins on October 25 and runs through November 1. Election Day across the nation is Tuesday, November 8.
The unveiling of the "I VOTED" stickers coincides with an exhibit at Rodrigue Studio in New Orleans, which opened October 6, and marks the 20th anniversary of of the "Blue Dog for President" exhibition held at Union Station in Washington D.C. during the 1996 presidential election.
"Visiting the exhibit in New Orleans and proudly displaying an 'I VOTED' sticker on Election Day are just a couple ways Louisianians can make this election season unique and special," said Schedler. "George Rodrigue's Blue Dog Series is important within the story of contemporary American art. It is also such a positive symbol for our state and helps spread the word about the outstanding work done by the Rodrigue Foundation in terms of art education for our young people."