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Harriet Tubman wins vote for possible new face on $20 bill

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman, one of four finalists from a grass-roots campaign’s vote on a woman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, is shown in a photograph dating from 1860-75.

(Library of Congress / Abrams Books / Associated Press)

Harriet Tubman could be the new face of the $20 bill, if more than 118,000 online voters have anything to say about it.

Tubman, an abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad, emerged as the winner in an online vote to suggest a woman to replace Andrew Jackson on the bill.

The poll was conducted by the organization Women on 20s. Voters chose between four finalists -- Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, who came in second place with 111,227 votes, Rosa Parks, in third with 64,173 votes, and Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, who garnered 58,703 votes.

More than 600,000 people cast votes in the two rounds of the election.

“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” said Women on 20s executive director Susan Ades Stone. “Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.”

The organization said on its website that it delivered a formal written petition with the results Tuesday to the White House and the Office of the Treasurer.

The ultimate decision in selecting new bill designs lies with the Secretary of the Treasury Department.

It's not too late to take our straw poll and see how our readers voted.

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