Some election mayhem! Any puzzlers here or regulars excited?

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This is a picross or nonogram, for information about it and how to approach, please go here.

Wanted to make my first short and easy original puzzle to celebrate election day (in the US).

FINAL EDIT: A confirmed solvable nonogram

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    $\begingroup$ Is it entirely solvable using only logic or do you have to make some guesses to solve it? $\endgroup$ – gabbo1092 Nov 6 '18 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ @gabbo1092 I think I answered your question in my answer lol $\endgroup$ – kanoo Nov 6 '18 at 17:34
  • $\begingroup$ @kanoo yeah I made it where you were and wasn't sure if I was missing something $\endgroup$ – gabbo1092 Nov 6 '18 at 17:35
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not certain that you've got a solvable version yet. I kept hitting dead ends when I tried by hand, so I looked up an online solver, and... It didn't like it. $\endgroup$ – benj2240 Nov 6 '18 at 20:57
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    $\begingroup$ @benj2240 I guarantee you that it is solvable seeing as I solved it without a single guess. Remember to cross off spaces that you know are not possible and if you have, say, six blank spaces in a row and you know that four in a row inside it are filled, then the middle two must be two of the filled spaces. (_ _ x x _ _) $\endgroup$ – kanoo Nov 6 '18 at 21:00

Here is the answer to your new and, as you said, solvable puzzle: enter image description here

According to @boboquack's extremely generous hint in the comment:

The symbols are flag semaphore. This means that the text translates to:

Ironically, I'm not American. Y'all listen to the OP anyway!

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    $\begingroup$ Agreed about the guesswork. I don't think you can even safely say that 4 in the "middle" are in that location and not the four open spots to the right.. $\endgroup$ – eye_am_groot Nov 6 '18 at 17:26
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    $\begingroup$ Fair. Wasn't chiding you, just pointing out (further) that it can't be solved without LOTS of guessing :-\ $\endgroup$ – eye_am_groot Nov 6 '18 at 17:31
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    $\begingroup$ Kanoo and @Greg Since I couldn't delete the puzzle, I updated it to have colors and pre filled squares, and I've confirmed its solvable. Again, sorry this was absolutely my mistake $\endgroup$ – JGibbers Nov 6 '18 at 19:28
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    $\begingroup$ That's half of it! Check the tags (and maybe the top flavor text again) $\endgroup$ – JGibbers Nov 6 '18 at 20:39
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    $\begingroup$ I'm glad I was able to award you the check mark! Especially after fumbling the first couple of times, bounty will be coming as an apology shortly. The flavor text was a hidden rot13(npebfgvp) for the hint @boboquack gave you. The next puzzle will be tighter! I just really love nonograms, and wish they were used more in puzzles. $\endgroup$ – JGibbers Nov 6 '18 at 21:04

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