Flames were the major element of two of the designs:
The Huang flag’s flame reminds me of the seal of the City of Summit, while the Hall flag is reminiscent of the flag of Indiana
Two of the flags have ray emanating from a sun:
The Erickson flag reminds me of the Japanese Naval ensign:
While the Zega flag has a similarity to that of Antigua and Barbuda:
Two of the flags use a design idea similar to that of Barbados and Canada, a symbol charged on a pale:
As others have commented, the Conklin flag only has twelve stars. In this regard it is like the flag of Europe
As of the writing of this post, the two leading designs in terms of reader votes are:
The final two, and my personal favorites, make use of New Jersey’s coat of arms (three plows on a shield), although in one case the tincture of the shield is changed.
(What is supposed to be blue on Marmocet’s flag must be very dark as it appears black to me.)
Comments on the Voting Process
While I will acknowledge that because this is a private undertaking, Brian Donohue has every right to establish whatever procedure he wants for the voting, I do have some comments, in no particular order, with regard to the procedure he did establish:
There were too many finalists. There are a number with similarities that may dilute the vote and give more unique designs an advantage. I would have preferred at least several rounds of voting or some form of transferable vote.
The deadline for casting votes was not disclosed.
There is no assurance that interested readers will only vote once.