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Seven Daysies FAQ 

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

Answer: 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.

Question: Why do I have to make 50 votes for my ballot to count?

Answer: The minimum prevents targeted “ballot stuffing” and makes the voting more fair for all of the candidates.

Question: Where is the submit button? How do I know if I submitted my ballot?

Answer: There is no final submit button. Once you click the "submit" button, your nomination is recorded.

Question: Why do I have to make an account?

Answer: The software requires users to create an account — but we don’t view it as a bad thing. Since the ballot is lengthy, users can log in and out whenever they want. It also prevents ballot stuffing.

Question: How do you get on the ballot?

Answer: Campaign, campaign, campaign! In 2016, 2,985 people cast 108,003 write-in nominations — thank you! Real Seven Dayzers — aka Corey, Carolyn, Ashley and Madie — buckle down, order pizza and start merging all the data over the course of four days.

YES, we look at every single write-in — so we know when you write “long, squelching farting sound” in response to the category “Best wine list” or “the girl with braids at Barrio” in response to “Best Barista.” Come on, people, how are we supposed to know who that is?

Once we’ve merged all the votes, the top five advance to the voting round, and then the fine people of Vermont vote on their faves.

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

Answer: 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 a few more people get their moment in the spotlight.

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

Answer: Second Street Media's software pulls in Google results as you type in your answers. If your choice isn't showing up, you can simply write in your answer.

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

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

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

Answer: We would suggest trying a different browser and device. If that doesn't work, please let us know by emailing

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