We have been thrilled with the participation of 300 podcasts in this year’s Popular Vote category, thanks to the time and effort entrants and voters have given to support Australian podcasts.
It has come to our attention that one or more entrants or voters have been manipulating the results of the Popular Vote, and that the vote count of one or more entrants is being heavily influenced by the results of cheating. We have therefore hidden the vote count from public visibility to allow a full voter integrity check, before making the results public again, once this has been completed.
The Popular Vote remains open until 14th February, and we encourage podcasters to continue promoting their Popular Vote entry to your supporters. Finalists will be announced on 21 March, allowing us time to complete an exhaustive integrity check. The winner will be announced at the Australian Podcast Awards in Sydney on 18 May. We hope you can be there to enjoy the now-added suspense.
Please enjoy the last few days of the Popular Vote, and rest assured that the final results will be an accurate and fair reflection of our podcast community.