Industry voting takes place during the second phase of the Industry Awards. During this time, the following groups will be able to vote for nominees in selected categories:
Industry professionals AND consumers may vote to select finalists in:
• Top 12 Retailers
• Top 12 Installers
• Top Salesperson Finalist
Industry professionals ONLY may vote to select:
• Trusted Tech Finalist
• Expeditor Finalist
• Distributor Finalist
• Representative of the Year Finalist
• Rep Firm of the Year Finalist
• Top Vendor Finalists
Voting rules are as follows:
- Participants may make one vote for each selection field. Votes may be carried out over multiple sessions.
- Voting takes place online through an approved submission platform. Emailed votes or votes placed in any of other way than the approved platform will not be accepted.
- Each voter must provide contact information and employment information to determine eligibility.
- Industry votes count as one vote per person. Consumer votes are weighted based on the number of industry notes received as follows:
- If a candidate gets fewer than 5 industry votes, the consumer votes do not count.
- If a candidate gets 6 to 9 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/5 of one industry vote each.
- If a candidate gets 10 to 19 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/4 of one industry vote each.
- If a candidate gets 20 to 29 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/3 of one industry vote each.
- If a candidate gets 30 to 39 industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 1/2 of one industry vote each.
- If a candidate gets 40 or more industry votes, the consumer votes are worth 3/4 of one industry vote each.
- For contest accuracy, IP addresses for each vote are captured and compared to deter fraud. Voting by several members of a single location using a single computer / IP address is allowed. Samples of fraud include:
- Voting for others outside your location: The same IP address used for votes by more than one person with different listed locations
- Voting from home and work: Using different email addresses or other information to place two votes from the same person
- Non-professionals voting as industry professionals: Votes marked “Industry Professional” without a recognized industry affiliation
- Votes by any person under the age of 14
- Duplicate voting sessions
- Insufficient contact information to verify a vote