In the spring, we presented you with more than 200 categories. In that first ballot, you could vote for whomever you wanted for whatever you wanted. Now, after tallying the thousands of votes, we've got a list of finalists.
Just making sure you read that part: THIS IS A BALLOT OF FINALISTS, meaning we counted all of the votes from the open voting and are now opening up a second round of voting. You readers decided who would make it to the finals and now you have to decide who will in.
Vote for the contenders, leave us a note about which categories we should include next year and don't be too bummed if your favorites didn't make the cut. There's always next year.
This ballot will close at the end of the day on Sunday, August 2. Take your time, consider your options and spread the word about the vote. We want this edition to do our fair city justice.
Our Ink Stained Heart
Tucson leaves an impression. It doesn't matter if you grew up picking cholla out of your shins or if you just stopped by for few years at the UA, Tucson pens itself on everyone. And, like the tattoos so many of us desert rats bear, we carry our Tucson with us—through the holes in the road, the sweaty summers and that gentrification our commenters love to complain about.
The fact is, Tucson has an ink stained heart—fragile, strong, in love, in pain, but definitely covered in ink. Our ink. It's true, we newspaper folk have ink-stained everything... but Tucson stains souls. We'll show you in this year's Best of Tucson®—that's the theme of our annual guide to all things good and loved in the Old Pueblo.
Fill out your ballot and tell your friends to fill out theirs. We're celebrating Tucson's best and brightest—those institutions and people who have left their mark on the city and the people inside it.Rules:
1. One ballot per person, please. We're watching IP addresses, so be honest!
2. Ballots without a full name and an email address or a phone number will be thrown out and NOT counted. We check these things. Really! These email addresses and phone numbers will be used ONLY for ballot-verification purposes. Ballots using fake email addresses or phone numbers will be deleted.
3. You must vote in at least 30 different categories for us to count the ballot. Don't have an opinion on at least 30 categories? Maybe skip voting this time and make a resolution to experience more of Tucson before we vote again next year.
4. If you have no opinion in a category, please LEAVE IT BLANK.
5. Ballot-box stuffing is a no-no. You can do simple campaigning—i.e., put up a sign encouraging readers to vote for you, or you can link from your website to ours—but anything beyond that is forbidden. Any businesses, groups or individuals suspected of stuffing may be disqualified at the discretion of the editor. If you have questions or a tip regarding suspected ballot-box-stuffing, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!