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Kathy Lay, volunteer and outreach coordinator for the city of Roswell, shows one of the ballot bins in downtown Roswell with the question "Is there life on other planets?" Smokers can "vote" for their answer by dropping a cigarette butt in the corresponding side of the bin. The bins are part of a humorous campaign aimed at reducing cigarette waste in the city.

A little humor can go a long way in delivering a serious message, Kathy Lay learned, so now Roswell residents and visitors can vote with their cigarette butts on questions about UFOs, aliens and New Mexico’s ubiquitous chile question.

Keep Roswell Beautiful has placed three yellow “ballot bins” at downtown bus stops that pose the questions “Is there life on other planets?” “Did aliens crash near Roswell?” and “Red or green?” Smokers can vote for their answer by placing their cigarette butts in the corresponding side of the bin.