I have a favor to ask of all of you on behalf of the Great State of Texas... Or at least the part of my family that lives there.
Some 3 or 4 years ago I read a Purdue Alumnus magazine article about a man in Pennsylvania that had succeeded in getting his state to allow Purdue license plates. His license plate number? 00001, give or take a zero. I showed my dad, Jim, and tried to convince him just how awesome it would be to have the first Texas Purdue plates. He didn't seem to believe Texas would ever allow it, but I kept prodding, mostly out of stubbornness. He listened and started contacting people.
Over the last three years or so, he has worked back and forth with an organization that helps with custom plates, the Purdue Alumni Association, and indirectly, the Texas state legislature. We just received word this week that the final plate design is up for voting on the TXDMV website!
There is a catch though: the DMV will only recognize one vote per IP address, and the IP address must be from Texas for the vote to count. That is why I need your help, especially since my vote and most of yours wouldn't count thanks to our location. Post the link to Facebook, forward this to anyone you know in Texas, do anything you can to get the word out!
We have until FEBRUARY 28th to get votes in for this before all the plates found on this website go before the TXDMV Board of Directors on March 10th for approval. If all goes well, it is very likely that these will be on cars in Texas by the end of May or early June, as a rough estimate, give or take a week or two, from what I am told.
This week has been pretty awesome for Purdue so far, from avenging our loss at Wisconsin by defending the honor of Mackey Arena, to recruiting success, to beating IU in wrestling Friday night, it has even more potential to be even greater this Sunday as the Boilermakers take on Ohio State. Help make it a great year for Purdue in Texas as well! (Besides... It will be good karma for you if you want Purdue to reach Houston this year... Right?)
Here's the link (again), please work your magic! I greatly appreciate it. Remember, only votes coming from a Texas IP address count, and only one vote per IP. Of course, I'm not going to stop you from voting even if you're not from Texas.
UPDATE 02-21-2011 You can also register with MyPlates, the organization we have been working through, and they will keep you updated on the plate's release date.