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Floridians Pick New License Plate Design, With a Nod to Africa

| December 18, 2012

The winning design got 15,441 votes.

After three weeks of online voting for the new Florida license plate, the design with the solid green bars and the artistic orange forming the ‘O” in the word Florida is the most popular. A total of
50,124 votes were cast in the online contest.

The African Union flag. Click for larger view.

The map of Florida is gone, while the solid green bars, white middle and orange dash have a distinct resemblance to the flag of the African Union.

The online poll represents one part of the process to select the new plate design. Before the design is manufactured, the public’s vote will be factored in with input from the Governor, Cabinet and policy makers.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles needs to upgrade the basic Florida plate to a design that increases readability and features a seven character configuration. A 20-member committee including state agency personnel, law enforcement, and tax collectors participated in the development of the final license plate designs. The agency proposed privatizing and centralizing distribution of the new license plates, saying it would save money.

Another part of the overall plan – to bid out the distribution of the new plates to a private vendor rather than using the current process for distributing tags through county tax collectors, is on hold. The tax collectors objected to the proposed change, saying they’re worried that customer service would suffer – and they would be blamed by voters.

Below are the three other license plate designs and their vote totals:

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10 Responses for “Floridians Pick New License Plate Design, With a Nod to Africa”

  1. glad fly says:

    ugly begats ugly.

  2. Dadgum says:

    I have good “taste”.

  3. Ben Blakely says:

    They have GOT to be kidding! DISGUSTING in big broad letters. They must all be on drugs.

  4. Deep South says:

    That was my choice.

  5. Kim says:

    That has to be the ugliest license plate Florida has ever had. I hope I don’t need a new plate soon because I’d be ashamed to have this new one on my car. Who voted for this, I never saw anything asking for votes. Time for another recount Florida.

  6. "My Daily Rant" says:

    I dont want a plate that looks like the African flag.There are are a lot of other things to use.I hope there are still going to be choices because I dont care that much about Africa.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why don’t we all get the state information up this page or contact the media and demand that the state don’t go with this choice and pick the next best choice instead. The 2nd choice is better than the state plate the voters picked under the influence of drugs. We aren’t helpless and it’s still time to correct this choice.

    • LG says:

      The voters were all under the influence of drugs or something, this is a joke and i don’t think it’s very funny. Why don’t we all speak up, e-mail the media or get the contact information up on this page so that we all could contact “The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles” and get this vote choice over turned? We still have time to get this corrected, when you read all the replies from aeound the state from other sites in regard to this plate design the common reaction is “UGLY”!!! How could we do something to get this vote over turned?

  7. The Spiel says:

    Agriculture has a big say in Tallahassee and the Orange is State of Florida crop. Good luck with changing that.

  8. OlderButWiser says:

    One must assume Florida has a shortage or red, white and blue paint.

    What other explanation could there be.

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