Waiting For Online Hugo Voting And The 2021 Voter Packet

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By JJ: Enquiring Hugo voter minds want to know: When will we be able to vote online? When will the Hugo Voter Packet be available?

In the fine tradition of similar File 770 posts on the subject in years past, and using my highly-refined statistical skills gained while acquiring my Master’s degree from Cattimothy U*, here is a comparison of the deadlines and availability dates of recent Worldcons.

Because what the hell, we’ve got time to kill. And a year from now, someone is going to ask about this again, the way they do every year.


  • In 2008 and 2009, the Hugo Voter Packet was put together by John Scalzi
  • In 2012, the Hugo Voter Packet was released in stages starting on May 18, becoming fully available on May 30
  • In 2008, 2010-2015, and 2018, the Finalist Announcements were made on Easter weekend

Timing Observations:

  • Aussiecon 4 in 2010 had online nominations available the earliest, on January 1.
  • Renovation in 2011 and Loncon 3 in 2014 had online nominations available the longest, at 82 days.
  • Chicon 7 in 2012 and Renovation were the Worldcons which had online voting up and running the fastest, at 2 and 5 days following the announcement of the Finalists.
  • Chicon 7 had online voting available the longest, at 113 days.
  • Denvention 3 in 2008 and Renovation were the Worldcons which had the Hugo Voter Packet available the most quickly, at 3 and 4 weeks following the Finalist announcement.

1 – days between online nominations becoming available and nomination deadline
2 – days between nomination deadline and finalist announcement
3 – days between finalist announcement and online voting becoming available
4 – days between finalist announcement and Hugo Voter Packet becoming available
5 – days between online voting becoming available and voting deadline
6 – days between voting deadline and the start of Worldcon

While you’re waiting for the Hugo Voter Packet, here’s a list of links to read the 2021 Hugo Finalists which are available for free online.

*The Camestros Felapton University for Beating Statistical Horses Until They Are Thoroughly Dead

12 thoughts on “Waiting For Online Hugo Voting And The 2021 Voter Packet

  1. I do need to get my packet stuff to the con, this is a good reminder.

  2. What is the Cattimothy University school song, btw? Something by Lehrer, I hope.

  3. That GIF reminds me of my old Spirograph. I played with that quite a bit when I was small, drawing all these weird geometric shapes. (The GIF itself is pretty hypnotic, as far as that goes.)

  4. Andrew (not Werdna) on May 3, 2021 at 4:53 am said:

    What is the Cattimothy University school song, btw? Something by Lehrer, I hope.

    You are close. Two-thirds Lehrer. It’s a mash-up of 1. Poisoning Pigeons in the Park and the chorus from 2. Lobachevsky by Lehrer, with 3. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order but played by a marching band of sousaphones and xylophones. It’s very moving when all the sophomores greet the arrival of the college shin-kicking team onto the field with a rousing chorus of:
    Let no one else’s work evade your eyes
    Remember why the good Lord made your eyes
    So don’t shade your eyes
    But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize
    Only be sure always to call it please “research”

  5. Thank you. Because this inquiring mind was waiting for this update, even though this year will be totally different than most. I’ve already read most of the novel, novella, novelette and short-story fiction, but there is much more to go.

  6. CoNZealand’s online voting was delayed until July 8 and extended to July 22, 2020. 92 days from announcement to final vote opening, 14 days of voting, and 7 days to tally.

    (Renovation in 2011 is the one who also had an 82 day nomination period along with Loncon 3, not Aussiecon 4.)

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  8. Dave, I usually post it around the end of April / beginning of May, and will do so again this year. 🙂

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