This article by Linda Poon is published by Bloomberg. Here is an excerpt:
Residents in Ulster County, New York, were in for a treat — or was it a trick? — when polls opened on the morning of Halloween for the third day of early voting. Standing more than five feet tall was a demon spider-crab with bright blue legs sticking out from beneath its zombie-like head. It flashed its multicolored teeth, and greeted voters with bloodshot eyes so maniacal they could stare down Philadelphia’s Gritty mascot.
The creature turned out to be Democratic commissioner Ashley Dittus, wearing a life-size version of Ulster County’s most coveted political accessory: a one-of-a-kind “I voted” sticker, designed by local teenager Hudson Rowan.
Rowan’s nightmarish creation went viral over the summer when it was selected as one of six finalists in the county’s voting sticker design contest. “We would’ve felt bad if we just kept it to ourselves,” says Dittus, adding that the submission had left her and the other county board of election staff “flabbergasted.”
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