Nomination and Voting Guidelines

Nominations

Nominations will be accepted during the active nomination period. 

Nominations will only be accepted through this website. 

Self-nomination is discouraged. 

Nominations that are not accompanied by a valid email address will not be counted.

Individuals are allowed to nominate only one content creator in each category. 

If multiple nominations are received from an individual for any one category, those nominations will not be counted (just for that category).



Voting 

Voting shall be restricted to current Magic: the Gathering content creators.

Voting shall be by secret ballot.

Ballots are non-transferable.

The top 6 nominees in each category will be added to the final ballot.  Ballots will be distributed electronically to content creators through OpaVote (https://www.opavote.com/). 

The method of vote counting will be a rank based instant runoff. 

For electing a single candidate, instant runoff voting ensures that the winner is supported by a majority of the voters. The voters rank the candidates, and if a voter's first choice is eliminated, the vote is transferred to the voter's second choice.

Instant runoff voting is similar to a traditional runoff election. With a traditional runoff system, a first election has multiple candidates, and if no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a second or runoff election is held between the top two candidates of the first election. A traditional runoff election prevents a candidate from winning with less than a majority of the votes.

With an instant runoff vote, a voter ranks the candidates in order of preference, and the votes are assigned to the top ranked candidate on each ballot. The candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and those votes are transferred to their second choices. This process is repeated until a candidate has a majority or only two candidates remain.

Voters only have to vote once. Losing candidates are eliminated one by one instead of eliminating all but the top two at once. This helps ensure that the best candidates are progressing at each round (e.g., if the second and third place candidates are close to each other).