Voters can help pick the City of Orlando’s new flag during online voting through April 17.

A panel of judges has narrowed down the 950 flag designs submitted to 10 finalists. Anyone can vote at: cityoforlando.net/flag. Voting is limited to one entry per person each day.

The city launched the design competition Feb. 15 to find a replacement for the current flag, which was created in 1980. The design requirements called for a more simplistic design, with few colors and no seals or lettering.

The 10 finalists used simple symbols with the Lake Eola Fountain featured prominently in three of the designs. Four designers used suns and several featured a prominent O. A simple swan behind an O backdrop offers another option for voters.

After the city tallies the public votes, the Orlando City Council will choose the final flag design winner.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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