BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana's Secretary of State hopes to entice voters to the polls with a special "I Voted" sticker.
George Rodrigue's famous blue dog is featured along with an American flag. Rodrigue, who passed away in 2013, often painted patriotic themes.
Rodrigue's family gave the state permission to use the painting for the "I Voted" stickers.
"We were looking for a way to make this Presidential Election unique and exciting for Louisiana voters," said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. "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."
The unveiling of the sticker coincides with the 20th anniversary of Rodrigue's landmark "Blue Dog for President" exhibition that was held in Washington, D.C. during the 1996 presidential election. There is a recreation of that exhibit on display now at Rodrigue Studio New Orleans.
"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," added Schedler.
The state says the "I Voted" stickers will be available at each polling location on Election Day, November 8 and at every early voting site in Louisiana. Early voting begins in Louisiana on Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 1.