Waiting For Online Hugo Voting And The Voter Packet

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 tradition of similar File 770 posts on the subject in years past, 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
  • With the exception of 2009, 2016, and 2017, all Finalist Announcements were made on Easter weekend

Chicon 7 in 2012 and Renovation in 2011 were the Worldcons which had online voting up and running the fastest, at 2 and 5 days following the announcement of the Finalists. 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.

While you’re waiting for the Hugo Voter Packet, here’s a list of links to read the 2018 Hugo Finalists which are available for free online.

  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

Update 04/29/2018: Added graph.

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

  1. I thought the 2018 tally period for nominations seemed short – it was the shortest one in the last 11 years.

  2. Ok, another week before we can say they’re taking longer than average to put the packet together. 🙂 Of course, last year was a bit on the longer side, and it was definitely worth the wait!

    I got a 2018 recommendation comment from you in email, but I’m not seeing it on the website.

  3. Arguably we need more time for voting because of the expansion of categories. We may not so urgently need more time for nominating, since there’s less expectation everyone will nominate in everything. It’s still annoying, though.

  4. Charon D.: I didn’t mind purchasing and reading and reviewing all the YA nominees, but I’m going to wait for the packet before tackling the novels.

    Charon, 4 of the 6 novels are from Orbit — which means we are only going to get excerpts of them. You might want to put yourself on the waiting lists for those at your library. Tor and Solaris have given us full novels in the past, so we will probably get Scalzi’s and Lee’s complete novels.

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