CNN's AJ Willingham contributed to this story.

The 'I voted' stickers you're wearing — from all 50 states

Updated 4:38 PM ET, Tue November 6, 2018

(CNN)Admit it. Other than exercising your American right and contributing to the glorious tradition of democracy, getting a little sticker may be the best part of voting.

The stickers have been around since the 1980s and they come in all different shapes and sizes. If there was an award for cutest sticker, Alaska's would get our vote.
"I Voted" stickers are a badge of pride because "they tell people ... you care enough about your community to do the important work of voting," said Patrick Race, the illustrator behind the Alaska stickers.
CNN asked people across the country to show us their stickers after voting. We received over 3,000 photos. Here are some of our favorites -- one from each state.


Tamara Neeley of Fort Payne took her daughters to the polls Tuesday morning to teach them about why it's important to vote. "It is never too early to start educating our kids about voting!," she told CNN.


Josie Ambridge didn't let her busy work and school schedule stop her from casting her vote in Anchorage. Her reward? A king crab sticker!


Cristina Musch became a US citizen on September 11, 2018. She has been wanting to vote for the last 9 years -- a dream that came true Tuesday when she cast her very first vote in Maricopa Couty, Arizona. "I don't want to take my civil liberty for granted," she told CNN.


Halloween isn't over for the "Evans Seven" of Bentonville, Arkansas. Jenna and Austin Evans took their five little ones with them to the polls -- all dressed up and ready to help mom and dad vote.


Darien Sills-Evans of Los Angeles, California, voted by mail. He said he couldn't believe how easy it was. Also, he still got a sticker.


Colorado has several important issues on the ballot this year, said Lisa Truong Nguyen of Centennial, who shared her "I voted" photo to encourage others to vote.


Dale Staub, a registered nurse, looks proud of her vote.


Lyn Anderson of Newark said she woke up early to cast her vote so she could have the rest of the day to drive other folks to the polls.

District of Columbia

Ben LaMaster, left, and husband Danny Tippett LaMaster voted early in the nation's capital.


Hurricane Michael destroyed Joshua Koterba's usual polling place. But that didn't stop him from finding a new one and casting an early vote.


Kalpana Baskar and her husband voted in Suwanee, a suburb of Atlanta.