Voting Continues for New Ohio Statue, Write-Ins For Jerry Springer Still Not Being Considered

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Statue-ready.
  • Statue-ready.

There used to be a statue of Gov. William Allen that Ohio was proud to call its own. No more. Turns out his pro-slavery leanings bothered Ohioans who didn't want his likeness and legacy preserved in marble. That sort of stuff may fly for Cincinnati, which is below the Mason-Dixon line as far as we know, but not for Columbus, home to the state capital, progressive thought, and Victoria Secret headquarters.

90 names were nominated for a replacement statue, one that will join the stoned likeness of James A. Garfield, and ten finalists were settled upon: James M. Ashley, Thomas Edison, Ulysses S. Grant, William McCulloch, Jesse Owens, Judith Resnik, Albert Sabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Taylor Upton, and Orville and Wilbur Wright. According to Legacy For Ohio, where you can also place your vote:

Every state sends two U.S. senators to Washington, but few people realize that every state also sends two representatives to National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Since the 1880s, statues of James Garfield and William Allen have served as Ohio’s two representatives in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

The antiquated system makes you either email a PDF or snail-mail a piece of paper to cast your vote, so it's not the easiest poll in which to make your voice heard. And they don't accept write-ins, which shouldn't deter you from printing out 500 copies and writing "Jerry Springer" in red crayon, because if there's anything more tedious than filling out the ballot, it is counting the ballot. Those poor souls tasked with that duty need some levity.

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