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TN secretary of state defends name on voting stickers

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Voting stickers and a new smartphone app both bear the name of Tre Hargett. Voting stickers and a new smartphone app both bear the name of Tre Hargett.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said Tuesday that "I Voted" stickers featuring his name is a matter of accountability and not intended to be political.

Hargett spoke to reporters following a demonstration of a free smartphone app designed to give voters easier access to information on election day.

That same free smartphone app also has Tre Hargett's name emblazoned across the bottom of the app.

A reporter asked Hargett about the new stickers — red and shaped like Tennessee — that prominently display the words "Secretary of State Tre Hargett."

The stickers match the colors of the Tennessee flag — including a blue spot with three white stars — but they also resemble popular campaign bumper stickers from fellow Republicans such as Gov. Bill Haslam, who is up for re-election in November.

Hargett is a former state House Republican leader and is widely considered to be preparing a bid for higher elected office, though he has downplayed his political aspirations. He said Tuesday that he never intended for the stickers to be view as political, as some argue.

"I've been a pretty good person about seeing all the angles about something," Hargett said. "I have to admit, I never thought that somebody would ... see it as political."

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