'I Voted' sticker is hot new celebrity accessory

Supermodel Heidi Klum has been encouraging Americans to vote. PHOTO: REUTERS
A Chinese-American voter proudly points to his 'I Voted' sticker after voting at the Chinese Evangelical Free Church for the 2016 US presidential election in Monterey Park, California, on November 8. PHOTO: EPA

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - A decade ago, hip-hop mogul Sean Combs, or P. Diddy as he was known then, sought to drive people to the polls with the slogan "Vote or Die!"

This year, perhaps for obvious reasons, some voters have taken that slogan to heart, and no such prompting has been needed.

The "I Voted" sticker is the day's hot new celebrity accessory.

Drew Barrymore, a star known for her work in such landmark movies as "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "50 First Dates", voted.

Tom Brady, the quarterback of the New England Patriots, voted, although there is some controversy about for whom. Donald Trump has claimed that he had the vote of the Patriots star, and his coach, Bill Belichick.

But Gisele Bundchen, Brady's wife, responded to an Instagram commenter asking her if she and her husband were backing Trump with a firm "No!"

It's not clear whether rocker Ted Nugent, who has been stumping for Trump for much of the year, has voted yet. But in a radio interview, he posited a rhetorical question about Hillary Clinton voters: "How much soullessness must exist to vote for that kind of person?" he asked.

Then, too, there was Heidi Klum, whom Wikipedia calls "a German-American model, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer and occasional actress." She also voted.

Scott Adams, creator of the "Dilbert" comic strip, has endorsed Trump and in September wrote a blog post about why. But it was not clear if he had voted yet.

Larry the Cable Guy has perhaps not yet voted but has said that Clinton will be the "end of the country." Pusha T, a rapper whose government name is Terrence Thornton and who used to be in a duo called the Clipse with his brother (who performed under the name Malice), is featured in a long article in New York magazine, in which he discusses how he campaigned for Clinton for much of 2016.

At one point in the article, the author describes a time at which Pusha was getting his picture taken and the photographer said that he would not be voting.

"No way, man," Pusha is reported as having said. "You got to vote."

Shane Kimbrough, who is an astronaut, voted from space. The process began six months ago with an absentee ballot.

In a Tumblr post, NASA joked about what it called "space voting."

"While astronauts don't have to wait in line for his ballot like the rest of us, there is one disadvantage to voting in space: They miss out on the highly coveted 'I Voted' sticker."

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