BALLOT PROCEDURES

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, excepting the Dora Awards Manager. 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.

No member of the jury may abstain from voting in any category, excepting the first round, 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)  [**temporary rule for 2021-2022 COVID-19 pandemic recovery**]. 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 Withdrawn short-listed and nominated candidates shall NOT be replaced by the next runner-up.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 and Dora Awards Manager shall create and distribute to each juror a web-based electronic 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, with eight (8) in all Performance categories except Performance by an Ensemble.

Jurors may choose to abstain in a category during this round.

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 any juror shall be included on the short list.

SECOND ROUND (nominees):

The Dora Scrutineer and Dora Awards Manager shall create and distribute to each juror a web-based electronic ballot with the short-listed candidates for each category.

Each juror shall rank the nominees in the following order: first (1st) place to their first choice receives 5 points, second (2nd) place to their second choice receives 4 points, third (3rd) place to their third choice receives 3 points, fourth (4th) place to their fourth choice receives 2 points, and fifth (5th) place to their fifth choice receives 1 point [up to eighth (8th) place receiving 8 points for Performance categories, excepting Performance by and Ensemble].

Jurors must assign all five (5) levels of places [up to eighth (8th) place for Performance categories, excepting Performance by and Ensemble], and may not enter the same placing twice.

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, excepting Performance by an Ensemble) to receive the highest associated point tallies.

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, excepting Ensemble. 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 and re-tabulated .

THIRD ROUND (recipients):

The Dora Scrutineer and Dora Awards Manager shall create and distribute to each juror a web-based electronic 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 receives 4 points, second (2nd) place to their second choice receives 2 points, third (3rd) place to their third choice receives 1 point.

Jurors must assign all three (3) levels of places, and may not enter the same placing twice.

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 highest number of associated point tallies.

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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