It is once again nearing the time when Ojai Valley residents get to vote for the businesses that were their favorites over the past year.
The Ojai Valley News will open voting in its 2014 Best of the Ojai Valley contest Aug. 1 at 12:01 a.m. Voting will end Sept. 15 at noon and the results will be published in the 2014 Best of the Ojai Valley supplement that will be included in the Oct. 17 edition of the Ojai Valley News.
Like last year, voting will be entirely electronic. Unlike years past, however, instead of going to a third party survey website, the survey will be hosted on www.ojaivalleynews.com, the Ojai Valley News and Ojai Valley Visitors Guide website.
“We work hard to find new and innovative ways to make the contest as fair as possible, but also keep the fun in it for our voters,” explained Ojai Valley News publisher Tim Dewar. “This year, everyone who wants to vote will register on our website first. Current subscribers will be able to vote without registering again as soon as the survey is posted. Non-subscribers will have to fill out a short form and verify their email address before voting. That way,” Dewar explained, “we can make sure people are only voting once and will be better able to administer the survey.”
Last year, according to Dewar, 41,307 votes were recorded from 1,413 voters answering 132 questions. This year, there are 134 questions and voters can skip any they wish. Each question will also allow voters to "write-in" an answer if their favorite is not included in the menu list.
“Businesses getting the highest percentage of votes are those that will be included in the following year's list,” Dewar added. “So write-in votes are important not only in helping businesses win this year, but in having them included in that question’s list next year.”
To become a registered user, voters must go to www.ojaivalleynews.com and click on the “create an account” link inside the login box near the top left side of the page. After supplying a username and password that can be linked to a valid email address, voters will need to verify their registration by clicking the link contained in the email the system will send to them. Dewar said this information will never be sold or given to a third party and will not be used for purposes other than the administration of the Best of the Ojai Valley survey.
To begin the survey, voters should log in to the site using the login box near the top of the home page and then follow the Best of Ojai Valley contest link in the menu bar at the top of the home page.
To help voters find the questions that most interest them, the survey is segregated into services, retail, food & drink, health & beauty and other sections. Voters can skip categories by scrolling to the bottom of each page and clicking the next button.
Click here to register to take the survey. It's free.
If you are a subscriber, simply log in to our site and then click the Best of Ojai Valley link in the main menu bar.
© Ojai Valley News, 2014