Only one online or paper ballot per person. Ballots must be postmarked or submitted online by Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
Vote in at least 40 categories, and you'll be entered to win a badge for SXSW Film or SXSW Music, your choice!
Promote the vote! Download our ready-made campaign materials to use on social media and other platforms.
How many times can I vote?
Can I wage a campaign to get votes?
Yes, you can use social media and other platforms to get out the vote for your category. (Check out our ready-made campaign materials
.) However, ballot stuffing is strictly prohibited. Do not allow anyone to ballot stuff on your behalf. You may be taken out of the running for an award you otherwise might have won.
How does voting work?
"Best of Austin" voting is split into two rounds. In the preliminary round, voters write in candidates for awards in more than 100 categories, plus a wild card in each section for businesses, groups, or personalities that do not have a set category. For each section, the three write-ins (or more in the case of a tie) with the most votes will be in the final round, where readers again vote on their favorites.
Do the totals from the preliminary round count toward the final tally?
No, the voting totals reset in the final round.