The Sasquan committee reports they have already received 2,300 ballots. How many more will come in by the time 2015 Hugo Awards voting closes at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on July 31?
Will Sasquan break LonCon 3’s record of 3,587 Hugo votes? That’s what fans expect. While LonCon 3 had 2,882 supporting members, Sasquan already has 5,410 supporting members. Why else would a such a large number of people step up to buy supporting memberships? Surely it can’t be just to read the Sad Puppy nominees in the Hugo Voter Packet.
There actually is one other possibility. Not only can supporting members vote in the Hugos, they also can buy a Site Selection membership and vote on where the 2017 Worldcon will take place. Four bids are vying for the right to host 2017 – Helsinki, Montreal, Nippon, and Washington D.C.
Site Selection voter turnout tends to peak when Eastern U.S. bids are in the race. Vincent Docherty’s compilation (click here to open spreadsheet) shows 2,564 people voted on the 1995 site (Glasgow beat Atlanta), a record that still stands. Then 2,168 voted on the 2001 site (Philadelphia beat Orlando), and 2,094 voted on the 2004 site (Boston beat Charlotte). These races rank one-two-three as the highest vote counts ever.
What’s more, quite often throughout Worldcon history the Site Selection vote count has vastly outnumbered the Hugo vote. (Although that was not true last year, when only 758 votes were cast to determine the 2016 Worldcon host.) Supporting members may do both, vote for the Hugos and in SiteSelection, but they often don’t.
So we’re all left waiting to discover the real reason behind the huge bump in supporting memberships.
The full press release follows the jump.
Spokane, Washington, 15 July 2015
Voting for the Hugo Awards for 2015, honoring work published in 2014, closes 31 July 2015 at 11:59 PM PDT. We have already received 2300 ballots, including 20 that were mailed to us.
In order to vote for the awards, you must have a membership in Sasquan. You may vote online at http://sasquan.org/hugo-awards/voting/. If you wish to vote by a paper ballot, send your ballot to Sasquan Hugo Awards, c/o OSFCI, POBox 5703, Portland OR USA 97228-5703. Ballots must reach us before the deadline. Memberships may be purchased through the day of the deadline.
If you are voting online, you can change your ballot online up until the close of voting: log in with your registration number and PIN to see what your current ballot looks like. If you’ve decided on your votes for some categories, you can vote on them now and others later.
It is possible that there will be substantial demand near the end of the voting period, so please buy your membership and vote early. We are not liable for our servers becoming overloaded, or for problems with our hosting service. The best way to make sure your ballot gets counted is to vote early.
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