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Plate #1 (all images courtesy of New York State)

For many, the state of New York represents a global apex of art and culture. However, the state’s latest creative competition (which will have a lasting impact on its roads for years to come) has come up short.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced five possible replacements for the current license plate, mostly bland designs with a minimal color scheme — muted yellow, blues, and white. He’s asking the public to cast their vote through September 2 online.

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Plate #2
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Plate #3

The state will transition into the selected design in April 2020, transitioning out the more recent Empire Gold (a more bold, but also pretty unappealing iteration of the state colors — blue and yellow) plates.

However, some have voiced their ire that the new plates will come at a price — plates older than 10 years are mandatory to replace for the cost of $25. In 2010, the last time the plates were updated, there was not a mandatory replacement. However, this time, Governor Cuomo says, “We need a new design of a plate because we moved to a new technology,” including machinery like cashless tolls, which cannot properly scan all existing plates.

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Plate #4
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Plate #5

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(For what it’s worth, I’m partial to plate number four).


By: Hyperallergic