Publisher’s Perspective: Voting snafu reveals passion in Best of Tahoe (opinion)
So here’s the bad news: For roughly 16 hours Monday and Tuesday, between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m., the platform for people to place their votes for the Best of Tahoe got turned off.
I realize the follow up question would go something like, “How the hell could that happen given it’s the Best of Tahoe?”
Believe us, we had the same reaction and question.
Not to bore you with intimate details, but the fact of the matter is that our folks on the back end of the process had some confusion with our sister media outlet in the north (Sierra Sun) and thought our contest was their contest, which prompted them to think our dates were incorrect — so they changed them.
Sure, it’s not ideal and the last thing you want when you launch a contest (especially one as important as Best of Tahoe) is for people to question results or think that we’re not set up to run the contest properly.
However, I can tell you after personally running these contests for over 15 years, that there isn’t a need to worry.
Which brings me to the good news: All votes that were cast prior to it being turned off — a total of more than 20,000 — were accounted for. During the time when nobody could vote, there was no unfair advantage because no votes could be made.
Think of it as having your vote for president in hand, but being unable to immediately turn it in because the poll worker was on bathroom break. That’s really all that happened.
Not to make light of being unable to vote; we know how important this contest is for many of you. It was a mistake and we apologize for it happening.
Now, after all that being said, everything is back in track and if you wish to cast your vote you can go to http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/bestof2019 and make your choices. Keep in mind, you can come back each day and vote again in each category. Voting closes May 27.
We look forward to crowning the winners and best of luck to all.
Publisher Rob Galloway can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-542-8046.