Michael Huson The Columbus Dispatch @Mike_Huson
It took Brittany Scott only a couple of hours, and as many beers, to decide what she wanted on her new vanity license plate. And she has President Donald Trump to thank.
Scott, 29, had been hanging out with friends on May 31 when she spotted the now infamous late-night presidential tweet: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”
“I was like, ‘You know what? This is kind of great,'” she said. “It just fit. I thought it was hilarious.”
So Scott, who lives in Cortland in northeast Ohio, ordered COVFEFE for her Subaru Outback. The state of Ohio approved.
Not everyone is as lucky.
Scott’s COVFEFE bid for a vanity plate was one of about 500 applications examined daily by a committee at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
A majority of applications for special plates in Ohio is accepted. But not all of them.
The BMV has denied about 200 so far this year because they were profane, obscene or sexually explicit. The bureau also rejects applications for plates it determines could provoke violence or advocate lawlessness.
SND NUD5 (send nudes) didn’t make it out of the garage. SLO TURD stalled out. And NOFARTN promptly ran out of gas.
“Some can be humorous, depending on your level of humor,” committee head Julie Simkins said. “Other times, they just cross the line.”
The six-member group convenes every weekday morning in a conference room at the Ohio Department of Public Safety on the West Side to discuss definitions, interpretations and any hidden meanings possibly packed into vanity plate requests. The committee discusses questionable requests while one member fishes for understanding on Google and UrbanDictionary.com.
A single dissenting vote in the group kills the request at the committee level.
“You know you are not going to please everybody all the time,” committee member Ruthann Collins said. “But you