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The Voting (Finished!)
When: 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
Where: Right here, on bestoflawrence.com.
How: One vote per category. No daily voting this year. (see our FAQ for more).
Who: All your Lawrence favorites from 2017 will start out on the ballot and we'll be adding more based on your write-ins.
What: The big reveal of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from Best of Lawrence voting. Not on the ballot? Not a problem! Everyone's invited!
When: Thursday, June 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E 6th St.
Tickets: Click here to buy.
Questions: Contact Allie Sebelius at email@example.com or at 785-832-6365.
RSVP: Facebook event
What: A big, beautiful magazine full of the results from voting, along with exclusive special features about your favorite Lawrence people and places.
When: Thursday, June 21 (see below).
Where: Locations around Lawrence.
Who can advertise: Anyone! Placing an ad isn't dependent on the ballot and won't affect the results.
How to place an ad: Contact Joanne Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 785-832-7264.
Best of Lawrence 2018: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Best of Lawrence?
Best of Lawrence is an annual people's choice event intended to honor Lawrence as a community and to honor the businesses, individuals, organizations and ideas that make our community a better place to live.
When can I vote? Where?
Best of Lawrence 2018 voting runs from 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Use the menu at the top to get to the ballot, or click here.
How many times can I vote?
One vote, per category. And that's it. No daily voting in 2018! We listened to your feedback after we switched things up last year. There's a lot to love about Lawrence, which means there are lots of categories. And we want you to be able to vote for all your favorites, at your own pace.
If you vote for a nominee on Monday, you can come back on Tuesday and change your mind. Or you can return the following week and write in that new place that just opened around the corner. Whatever you've saved at the end of the month will count as your one vote in that category.
How are people and places added to the ballot?
As in the past, we used last year's top 10 voter-getters to pre-seed this year's ballot. But don't worry if your favorite person or place isn't listed at midnight on Feb. 1. Write-ins are strongly encouraged!
And this year our system will allow us to add write-ins to the ballot as the votes come in, hopefully leveling the playing field for new and up-and-coming nominees. So if you submit a nominee, check back the next day and it should be on the ballot for all to see — and for you to share!
(Oh, and although we get a kick out of seeing Allen Fieldhouse submitted for "Best Place of Worship," our team will only approve relevant entries.)
Can you add a category to the ballot?
Sorry, categories are set for this year. But we do want to hear your suggestions for 2019! Please tell us which categories you think we should add (or even remove) by emailing us at email@example.com.
There's some outdated or incorrect information on the ballot. Can you fix that?
Uh-oh. Yes! We tried to double-check everything, but mistakes still happen. Please tell us what's wrong, then point us to the correct info, and we'll get it fixed: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why hasn't my write-in been added to ballot?
There could be a number of reasons. Here are some of the most common:
(1) We haven't gotten to it yet. Our small team is working around the clock, but there are thousands of submissions to sort through, and unfortunately, that takes some time.
(2) There was incomplete information. Complete names and places of employment are super helpful in speeding the process along.
(3) We noticed the nominee wasn't in Lawrence. We love our neighbors in northeast Kansas, but we've had to draw the line at people and places with a Lawrence address.
(4) We messed up. It's possible we made an error or there's a glitch in the system. Reach out to us at email@example.com, and we'll be happy to check.
Why wasn't a person or place carried over from last year's ballot?
We pored over the list of top finishers from last year and did our best to remove businesses that closed, people who left town and other outdated info. Did we miss something, or do you think we made the wrong call? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happened to that one category from last year?
You sent us hundreds of notes during and after last year's Best of Lawrence, and we used that feedback to create this year's ballot. So some categories have been expanded. Others have been tweaked for clarity. And a couple were put on the shelf. We did our best to consider the impact of these changes, but we'd like to hear from you if you have comments or suggestions for the 2019 ballot. Please email those messages to email@example.com.
Can I write in a Journal-World or Sunflower Publishing employee for a category?
Sorry, no. While we'd be flattered, our employees aren't eligible for Best of Lawrence recognition. However, they are eligible for high-fives around town or at the Winners Bash event in June (more on that below).
When will votes be counted?
We'll start to tally votes beginning March 1. How long that takes depends on the number of write-ins, but we'll keep you posted and give you plenty of notice before the big reveal.
When will winners be announced?
Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Abe & Jake's Landing. Save the date! We call it a Winners Bash, but it's really a party celebrating all the things we love about Lawrence. So even if you weren't nominated, you're still invited and will have the chance to meet the people who make this town special.
When will the Best of Lawrence magazine be available?
The magazine will be available at the Winner's Bash event. And on Sunday, June 24, it will be included in subscriber copies of the Lawrence Journal-World. After that, you can pick up a copy at several locations around town, including the Lawrence Public Library, the Lawrence Chamber, the local DMV and participating realtors, as well as our offices at 645 New Hampshire St.
Can I advertise in the Best of Lawrence magazine?
Yes! Please contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Placing an ad will not influence the results of the voting.
Do you have any materials to help nominees promote themselves?
We sure do. Free marketing materials, including posters and table tents, are available for pick up at the Lawrence Journal-World offices at 645 New Hampshire St., during business hours Monday through Friday. Looking for logos to use in your own promotions? We have those too! T-Shirts are also available for sale at our online store.
Where can I find the 2017 results? And the 2017 magazine?
All of the results from Best of Lawrence 2017 are archived over here. And you can take a look at the 2017 magazine over here. If you're looking for results or the magazine for other years, shoot us an email at email@example.com. It might take a little digging, but we should be able to find what you're looking for.
Best of Lawrence 2018: Privacy Statement
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