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Voting will open Monday in 2016 Best of Ojai Valley contest

The Ojai Valley News will open voting in its 2016 Best of the Ojai Valley contest Aug. 15 at 12:01 a.m.

Voting will end Sept. 15 at noon and the results will be published in the 2016 Best of the Ojai Valley supplement in the Oct. 14 edition of the Ojai Valley News.

All ballots must be cast electronically at www.ojaivalleynews.com, no paper ballots will be accepted.

Ojai Valley News subscribers and those who registered on the site to vote in last year’s contest can log in with their existing log-in and password and click on the Best of Ojai Valley contest link in the menu bar.

Those who are not registered will have to complete a very short registration process (it costs nothing and takes a lot longer to describe how to do it that it does to actually do it).

To register, go to www.ojaivalleynews.com (it works on mobile devices as well) and click on the subscription button in the main menu. When the subscription page appears, scroll down to the registered-user only option and click the sign up button.

After completing the short registration form, click the process subscription button. Users’ personal information will not be sold or used for any marketing purposes. The need to register is only to insure that people are not voting multiple times.

The final step in the registration process is for the user to click the verification link in the email sent to them by our website. Voters can then return to the site, log in with their user name and password and click on the Best of Ojai Valley contest link in the menu bar and click the link for the best of survey.

To make the survey as easy to complete as possible, it is divided into five sections; Services, Retail, Food & Drink, Health & Beauty and Others. Voters do not have to answer every question. Those who wish to skip an entire section, can scroll to the bottom of the page and click the next button.

Each question will allow voters to “write in” an answer if their favorite is not included in the menu list. Write-in votes can not only help determine who wins, it also insures that businesses receiving enough write-in votes will automatically be listed in that question in next year’s survey.

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