The number and nature of votes received shall not be disclosed by the Dora Scrutineer to anyone, including TAPA and Dora staff and Boards, the juries or to any other person or entity at any time. The names of the nominees shall not be made public until the Dora Nominee Press Conference, and the names of the winners shall not be made public until the presentation of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards Ceremony.

VOTING   PROCEDURES

No member of the jury may abstain from voting in any category, nor may they vote for fewer than the prescribed number of candidates in any one category. Jury members may not vote for productions they have not attended. Should a jury member fail to submit a ballot during any round of voting, they will not be permitted from voting in any remaining rounds, including tie-breakers.

There must be a minimum of two (2) eligible candidates in a category in order to proceed with voting (three (3) in the categories of New Musical and New Opera). Voting must proceed in all three rounds as long as the minimum of two (2) eligible candidates is met. In the event insufficient eligible candidates in a category, no award will be given in that category for that season. In such a situation, the producer may register the same production, should it be remounted (even within the 5 year minimum) in any subsequent seasons, in any/all categories in which no award was given. They will retain their original eligibility status.

Once voting has begun, in the event that a registered candidate in any award category in any Division at any stage of the voting process chooses to withdraw their candidacy from consideration, the candidate in question shall be removed from the ballot without substitution. Withdrawn short-listed and nominated candidates shall NOT be replaced by the next runner-up. In the event of only one (1) eligible candidate remaining in a category due to withdrawals, no award will be given in that category for that season. In such a situation, the producer may register the same production, should it be remounted (even within the 5 year minimum) in any subsequent seasons, in any/all categories in which no award was given. They will retain their original eligibility status.

FIRST ROUND (short list):

The Dora Scrutineer of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards shall email to each juror a ballot with the full list of eligible candidates in every category. Each juror shall short list a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of five (5) candidates in each category.

Jurors with a conflict of interest with an eligible production may not vote for that production in any category in this round of voting.

The Dora Scrutineer shall tabulate the votes of each jury in every category. Every candidate named by every juror shall be included on the short list.

SECOND ROUND (nominees):

The Dora Scrutineer shall email to each juror a ballot with the short-listed candidates for each category. Each juror shall vote by attributing points to their top five (5) choices (top eight (8) for all performance categories) in the following manner; five (5) points for first choice, four (4) points for second choice, three points (3) for third choice, two (2) points for fourth choice and one (1) point for fifth choice.

Jurors must assign all 5 levels of points, and may not enter the same number twice. The identical process will be applied to all performance categories, with eight (8) as first choice and so on.

Jurors with a conflict of interest with an eligible production may vote for that production in any category in this round of voting.

The Dora Scrutineer shall tabulate the votes of each jury in every category. The nominees shall be the first five (5) eligible candidates (eight (8) in all performance categories) to receive the most votes. In the event of a (or several) tie(s), nominees in excess of the allotted spots will be dropped. The minimum number of nominees shall be two (2), and maximum number of nominees shall not exceed five (5) and eight (8) for all performance categories. In the case of a five-way tie (or more) for second place or a four-way tie for third place, the tie shall be broken by first tabulating the number of jurors who voted for each candidate. If this does not break the tie, then the points attributed to each remaining tied candidate shall be switched to ordinals, which shall be tabulated identically to the third round of voting.

THIRD ROUND (recipients):

The Dora Scrutineer shall email to each juror a ballot containing a list of nominees in each category. Each juror shall rank the nominees in the following order: first (1st) place to their first choice, second (2nd) place to their second choice, third (3rd) place to their third choice, fourth (4th) to their fourth choice, fifth (5th) to their fifth choice.

Jurors must assign all levels of places, and may not enter the same placing twice. The identical process will be applied to all performance categories, with the addition of sixth (6th), seventh (7th) and eighth (8th) places.

Jurors with a conflict of interest with an eligible production may vote for that production in any category in this round of voting.

The Dora Scrutineer shall tabulate the votes of each jury in each category. The recipients in each category of each Division shall be the nominee receiving the greatest number of first (1st) place votes. In the event of an equal number of first (1st) place votes, the second (2nd) place votes shall be counted. In the event of an equal number of first (1st) place votes and second (2nd) place votes, the third (3rd) place votes shall be counted, and so on.

TIE-BREAKERS:

In the event of a tie, each juror will be sent a tie-breaking ballot where they are asked to select one (1) of two (2) or more candidates. If this measure does not break the tie, the Jury Captain’s vote will be used to break the tie in confidence. The Jury Captain will be selected by the respective juries.

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