You’ll see many old favorites — and some newcomers — on the list of winners of the 2015 Almanac Readers’ Choice awards.
The Readers' Choice poll is all about letting readers express their opinions about the places they like, and in some cases, love, in our area. Balloting is open for six weeks and is exclusively online. Each ballot must contain votes for at least five businesses in five categories. Voters confirm their selections by clicking on a link in an email we send after a ballot is submitted.
We encourage businesses to actively campaign with their loyal customers to get votes, and many do. But we prohibit multiple votes from the same person, email address or IP address. We have multiple ways of discovering cheating or ballot-stuffing, and each year we disqualify ballots that we determine came from illegitimate email addresses.
This year more than 18,000 votes were cast.
We allow a business in a neighboring city to win if it receives the most votes, which occasionally occurs. We populate the initial ballot with obvious businesses and those that did well in the voting the previous year, but any business located on the Midpeninsula (Redwood City to Mountain View) may ask to be listed.
Watch for our 2016 contest next April.
Readers’ Choice 2015 contributorsWriters: Jane Knoerle, Cristian Ponce, Barbara Wood, Renee Batti, Jennifer Hine and Dave Boyce
Publicity and Logistics: Veronica Benvenuto
Photographers: Michelle Le, Veronica Weber, and contributed photos