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Official Rules

  • Participants are not allowed to vote more than once in each of the two rounds. If you (the voter or finalist) are caught cheating or encouraging others to take advantage of the system, you will be warned. If the problem continues, you will be disqualified as a finalist and your votes will be discounted.
  • Campaigning to win is legal, but bribery is not. For example, it's OK to enter your customers/clients/friends into a raffle if they vote in the Daysies competition, but not OK to give them a gift just for voting for you.
  • All nominees must be local or locally owned when possible.
  • Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the contest commissioners, which are final on all matters pertaining to the contest.
  • Entrants further grant to Seven Days the right to use and publish their proper name and state online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the Contest.
  • Seven Days reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on contestants obtained through the contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.
  • The Contest and all of the related pages, contents are copyright Seven Days. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.
  • Seven Days is not responsible for Internet crashes or slowdowns caused by network congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, phone line failures, electrical outages or natural disasters.
  • Seven Days reserves the right to change the rules at any time.
  • General Questions

    Where is the submit button? How do I know my nominations or votes counted?

    There is no final submit button. Once you click the "VOTE" or "NOMINATE" button, your choice is recorded. No further action is needed!

    I’m having trouble registering. What do I do?

    When you start nominating or voting in the first category of your choice, you will be asked for your email address and zip code. When you complete this step, you will be registered and you can continue making selections on the ballot.

    If you have trouble with that process, we would suggest trying a different browser and device. If that doesn't work, please let us know by emailing

    I don't have time to fill out the ballot right now. Can I come back and make more nominations or votes?

    Sure! As long as you've already registered in that round and it's before deadline, you can pick up where you left off. When you return to the ballot on the same device, you should be automatically logged in and see your previous selections. If you aren't logged in and you know that you've already registered in that round, click the "Already nominated/voted in this round..." link for further instructions.

    Can I continue the process on another device?

    Yes. When you return to the ballot on a different device, click the "Already nominated/voted in this round..." link for further instructions.

    Why do I have to make an account?

    Our balloting software requires that users create an account for each round. This helps us police ballot box stuffing and allows you to revisit your ballot before deadline to make changes and additional nominations (round #1) or votes (round #2).

    Why are there two rounds? Didn’t there used to be only one?

    We’ve added the second round to highlight the amazing businesses that don’t win. Yes, it’s great to be the winner and the runner-up, but what about third place? We wanted to show our readers and advertisers the finalists so that a few more people get their moment in the spotlight.

    Nomination Questions — Round #1

    I want to nominate a company that doesn’t fit into any of the categories. How do I add one?

    At this time, all of the categories are set. When we pick new categories, we consider the following;

    • Would readers find a category useful?
    • Can you name more than three nominees for a category?
    • Is it a distinctly Vermont thing?
    If your suggestion fits the above, please email with your idea, and we’ll consider adding it to the ballot next year.

    Why are certain locations popping up as I type in my nominations?

    Our balloting software pulls in Google results as you type in your answers. If your choice isn't showing up, you can simply continue to type in your answer.

    Voting Questions — Round #2

    What is the minimum number of categories that I need to vote in?

    There is no minimum. Vote in as few or as many categories as you wish!

    How do finalists get on the ballot?

    Readers write in nominations during Round #1. Real Seven Dayzers — aka Corey and Carolyn — buckle down, order pizza and merge all the variations on similar nominations into a master list. The most popular nominees in each category advance to the voting round (Round #2), and then the fine people of Vermont vote on their faves.

    Why do some categories have ICC (Inside Chittenden County) and OCC (Outside Chittenden County) options in the second round?

    If a category receives an overwhelming amount of nominations (enough to break it into ICC and OCC), we will add the designation in the voting round.

    I voted in a category in Round 1 that doesn't seem to exist in Round 2. Where'd it go?

    Even though we received more votes in Round 1 than last year (68,147 in 2019, versus 56,383 in 2018), there were unfortunately a few categories that received insufficient votes to proceed to the next round. We're bummed, too — but we have to make sure that Daysies finalists are truly worthy, and categories in which nominees received just a handful of votes did not meet our standards.

    Didn’t find the answer to your question above?

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