Voting FAQ

Are you ready to save more lives and win big? Then, Get Out the Vote for your shelter to land one of fifty contestant slots in the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

When & Where does voting take place?

Voting takes place on your shelter profile and at from Noon ET, Thursday, April 5 through 11:50 P.M. ET, Monday, April 16.

How do I Get Out the Vote?    

Be inventive and use any channel to get the word out to your community. And, we've provided a graphical button you can post on your Facebook page and web site, and in your emails and newsletters.  For emails and newsletters, just right click and save the jpg to your computer.  Then paste it into your email, right-click on the image, and select ‘hyperlink’ .  When the Insert Hyperlink form comes up, type into the address field and hit OK.

For use on websites, have your webmaster grab the voting button image from the marketing tools page and use as needed.  
Who can vote?

Anyone age 13 and older with a valid email address can vote. Staff and volunteers of organizations who are Challenge contestants are allowed and encouraged to vote for their own organizations, subject to the one vote per person per day limit.

How can people vote?

You can vote by computer, smartphone or iPad.  Voting by text message, phone call, or email is not possible.

How often can supporters vote for us?

Each person can vote once a day, every day from April 5 through April 16.

Can people vote more than once?

Absolutely. However, each person can vote only once per day.  In other words, it doesn’t matter how many email addresses a person has – she or he can only vote once daily.

Can more than one person vote from the same computer or IP address?
Yes.  As long as each person uses her or his own email address and only votes once per day.

How often will vote totals be reported?

Once daily at Midnight Eastern Time

How will the 50 contestants be determined?   

The 50 official Challenge Contestants will be the 5 shelters with the most Qualifying Heat votes in each Division plus the 25 “best of the rest,” that is, the next 25 shelters with the most votes nationally, regardless of their Division. The five next shelters nationally will be offered a place on the Waiting List.

The eligibility of each Contestant is at the sole discretion of the ASPCA. ASPCA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any votes that appear to be (a) created by an automated system; or (b) fraudulent in any way.

The ASPCA reserves the right to audit, re-count, and discount votes.

The ASPCA is not responsible for any inability to vote due to accessibility or connectivity problems, technical or non-technical, associated with the Challenge, the ASPCA website, ASPCAPRO website, or otherwise.

When will contestants be announced?
April 17, 2012

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