You’ll see many old favorites — and some newcomers — on the list of winners of the 2014 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. If we don’t receive a confirmation, the ballot is not counted.
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 many ballots that we determine came from illegitimate email addresses.
This year more than 16,000 votes were cast, with about 70 percent confirmed and counted.
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 2015 contest next April.
Readers’ Choice 2014 contributorsWriters: Barbara Wood, Tiffany Lam, Alice Shaw, Renee Batti, Sandy Brundage, Jennifer Hine and Dave Boyce
Publicity and Logistics: Veronica Benvenuto
Photographers: Brandon Chew, Michelle Le, Natalia Nazarova, Ciera Pasturel, Veronica Weber