From Enterprise Staff
Voting began Sunday for the Polk County Enterprise’s 2023 Best of Polk County Reader’s Choice Awards and soon ground to a halt when the site was unable to handle the increased traffic from the voting. It was back up and running approximately 20 hours later, however. As of press time Tuesday, nearly 34,000 votes had been cast.
The annual awards process provides an opportunity to recognize local businesses, professionals and non-profits and has surged in popularity over the years.
This fourth year of the annual contest brought some changes, with all voting being conducted online and no paper ballots being accepted. The nomination process ran throughout the month of September during which time over 51,000 nominations were received. There were over 100 categories across the following areas: eating and drinking, arts and entertainment, health and fitness, local, services and shopping.
During the voting process, which will last throughout the month of October, voters will have the opportunity to select their favorite from the top eight nominees in each category and will be allowed to vote up to once a day per email address. To participate, go to the website easttexasnews.com and click on the Contests tab. To register only involves using an email address.
The culmination of the annual readers’ choice awards will be the recognition of the winners in a special section that will be included in the Dec. 3 issue of the Polk County Enterprise.