Is There Any Way Hello Kitty Doesn’t Win This Sanrio Popularity Contest?

This week, Sanrio launched a way more palatable election to ease the pain of, uh, the other one. You know the one. Then again, Sanrio’s “Who’s Your Fave?” election seems way more like a coronation than an election. They’ve pitted ten of their characters against one another to see who’s the most popular, and is there seriously any way Hello Kitty doesn’t take this thing in a walk?

To celebrate election season and, more importantly, the end of the school year, Sanrio has put together their class of 2016 and wants us to decide who gets to be the coolest kid in the yearbook. The ten candidates are Badtz-Maru, My Melody, Gudetama, Pochacco, Tuxedosam, Keroppi, Chococat, Pompompurin, Little Twin Stars, and the queen, Hello Kitty.

The only one I can see even having a remote chance of an upset victory is Gudetama, because that egg is still rolling on the momentum of his recent debut. But, considering momentum has been thoroughly debunked as a political phenomenon, we’re not sure how much of a help that’s going to be to him. Keroppi could finish high, but I see the number three spot as his ceiling. Badtz-Maru, My Melody, and Tuxedosam are all going to sabotage each other by splitting votes and refusing to get out of the race to consolidate support behind one anti-Hello Kitty candidate. Pompompurin has no chance because he’s going to nap instead of working on his ground game, but I think he probably doesn’t care.

Voting is open until June 15, and you can vote once per day. Get out there and vote to make sure our democracy stays vibrant, and also because you can get coupon codes or downloadable extras for voting. Results are secret until the big announcement on June 23. Until then, you can keep tabs on #MySanrioFave on Instagram and Twitter to judge your friends’ choices.

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