It’s something the Heisman committee hasn’t had to worry about in the last several years, but the 2012 ballot seems to have caused an issue for some. The culprit? The ampersand symbol, which is also known as &.
The Heisman ballots, which are now all done online, do not accept special characters such as & and the rule specifically states that a vote won’t be accepted if the special character is used. This has people with Texas A&M University concerned because freshman Johnny Manziel actually has a chance of winning it this season.
They are concerned that voters will not follow the instructions the Heisman has given them–to use University AM or University A and M. Jason Cook, the Aggies Vice President of Marketing and Communications, says this isn’t the first time the ampersand has given them trouble.
This isn’t the first time that the ampersand has been an issue for Texas A&M in this electronic age. The voting instructions are very clear, but we don’t want to take any chances. We have discussed our concerns with the Heisman staff. And we’ve been assured all votes for Johnny Manziel will count.
Aggie officials reached out to the Heisman committee over the weekend and, from the looks of Cook’s comments, seemed to be put to ease. The votes have to be turned in by midnight on Monday and the ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 8
Whether Johnny Football will win or not is yet to be seen, but he definitely has a decent chance. It would be a shame if the only thing holding him back was a special character.