Hey, Emmy Awards voters: Cast your final ballots starting today

Final ballots for the 68th annual Primetime Emmy awards went live on the TV academy’s website on Monday morning (August 15) and must be completed by 10 pm PT on August 29. Winners will be revealed during the Sept. 18 kudocast on ABC.

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This year is just the second time in Emmys history that all 20,000 plus members of the TV academy can vote for the winners of the various program prizes. Up until last year, voters had to pick just two of these top races in which to cast their ballots.

In addition, they can now vote in as many of their peer-group categories as they wish. Again, till 2015, they were restricted to determining the winners in just two of these awards.

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To accommodate this expanded pool of voters, the TV academy once again partnered with Google Chromecast and set up a special online portal. Voters will be able to log in and watch the entries before making their selections.

As in the past, acting nominees have submitted one episode that they believe represents their best work. The Comedy and Drama Series contenders have entered the six episodes that showcase their season. However, rather than being sent out to voters in sets of two episodes, all half dozen are available for viewing.

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The Emmys are following in the footsteps of the Oscars when it comes to on-line voting. In 2014, the TV academy hired the same company, Everyone Counts, that implemented the system for the motion picture academy. While Emmy voters could still ask for a paper ballot that year, that option was eliminated in 2015.

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