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Readers' Choice Awards 2014 Rules

Guidelines and FAQs

What are the Best of Sonoma County Readers' Choice Awards?
It is a yearly readers' poll where the public can nominate their favorite person, place or business in a pre-determined set of categories. A few examples are: best burger, best dentist, best art gallery and best dog park.

How do I vote?
Votes are accepted online at pressdemocrat.com/best during the voting period.

When can I vote?
The first round will be Monday, April 28 through Monday, May 26. Voting will be presented in 4 categories:
1. 'So Sonoma County' voting will start on April 28, 2014
2. 'Eating and Drinking' voting will start on May 5, 2014
3. 'Real Life' voting will start on May 12, 2014
4. 'Fun Living' voting will start on May 19, 2014

The second and final round will consist of the top vote-getters in each category. Voting in that round will be from June 16 through July 14.

Who can vote:
Anyone with a valid email address. Sorry, we do not accept votes by mail.

How many times can a person vote?
Votes are limited to one vote per email address per category during the voting period.

Can a person or business ask their customers to vote for them?
Yes, we encourage it!

How are the winners selected?
The business/person/place in each category with the most votes will be deemed “The Best of Sonoma County.”

What do winners receive?
Besides bragging rights, winners will be acknowledged at an awards ceremony in September and will receive an award plaque. They will also be listed in The Press Democrat's Best of Sonoma County Readers' Choice Awards magazine publishing in September 2014.

When will the winners be announced?
In SUMMER 2014 on pressdemocrat.com and in The Press Democrat's Best of Sonoma County Readers' Choice Awards magazine publishing in September 2014.

For additional questions about the contest, email linda.hann@pressdemocrat.com.


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