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Pick your (license) plate


I like that the Indiana BMV is asking Hoosiers to vote on their favorite of four license plate designs. The most popular plate will be chosen as the standard plate beginning next year. (Full story here.)

I don’t like that they’re not letting us see which ones are leading the pack. I don’t want to wait until May to see which wins.

When I voted yesterday (which was around 4 p.m. according to my twitter update about it) it told me more than 14,000 people had already voted. But I want to know how many have voted so far and what other residents are leaning toward. My man-on-the-street interviewing for the story at the J&C revealed that many were favoring the solid blue one with the torch on it. It was “simple.” But it reminds me too much of Michigan, and isn’t Michigan changing its plate because it’s more difficult to read light text on a dark background? My favorite design is the one I have displayed with this post.

Still, the greenish license plates in Indiana currently are pretty ugly. But then, Ohio’s license plate is straight-up boring.

(Side rant: I still reject the state nickname Hoosier. It sounds silly. And not that Ohio buckeyes are any better, but at least a buckeye is a real thing. As far as I can tell, a Hoosier is nothing except someone from Indiana. What’s up with that?)

2 Responses to “Pick your (license) plate”

  1. Jaclyn Says:

    I went to the license site just, for the heck of it, to see if it would let me vote. When the site asked for my zip code, I thought for sure it would say “nonono, you’re not a Hoosier.” Instead, I got this message:

    Thank you for being one of 34,322 Hoosiers to have participated in the selection of Indiana’s next license plate design.

    Which means I got to help pick Indiana’s next license design. I wonder if that’s fair? ;)

  2. Meranda Says:

    It’s an imperfect system anyway. I could stuff the ballot and vote over and over, if I wanted. But :shrug: at least it involves the public in the decision.

    Which one did you vote for?