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I-M People’s Choice Contest returns

ELKINS — Who will the readers choose as the “Best of the Best” in The Inter-Mountain’s People’s Choice Contest?

The Inter-Mountain is once again offering the annual contest, which generates tremendous excitement among customers, businesses and staff members as they wonder who will be recognized and voted the best in the area.

In The Inter-Mountain’s People’s Choice contest, readers have the last word. We’re proud to host it as a way to recognize the places and people that make this region special.

One reader will be randomly drawn from the nomination round and one reader from the voting round to win $100 each.

We are also having a contest for our businesses — for the most nominations and then the most votes. The business with the most will win a full-page process ad; second-most will win a half-page process ad and third-most will win a quarter-page process ad.

Now the contest is more important than ever, with so many restaurants, businesses and organizations challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are stepping up to the challenge by making the contest bigger and better than ever to provide even more visibility to area businesses and organizations.

This year the nominating and voting processes will be slightly different, in order to give our readers more opportunity to name their favorites.

“The People’s Choice Contest winners will still be published in The Inter-Mountain in a special section, just like always before,” I-M Advertising Director Michelle Smith said. “This year, the nomination process and voting process will take place online.

“Readers can nominate individuals and businesses for the awards starting today through Dec. 13th on our web site, theintermountain.com,” Smith said.

The contest starts with a nomination round online, where readers can propose businesses, organizations and individuals for all of the categories. This keeps the contest fresh as new businesses and organizations come to the area and as existing ones change and grow.

“Register once on our web site and then you can nominate who you’d like for the awards,” Smith said. “Anyone nominated will go to the voting round.”

The voting round will be held exclusively online this year so that more people in the area can have their say by casting their votes. What’s more, people may vote once per day in any or all categories. The voting round is Jan. 29 through Feb. 5.

With the daily online voting, you can vote once per category per day, so you can really show your support for your favorites.

The voting round will determine the People’s Choice winners and finalists.

“We will publish a special voting section in January, which will be something new, and then after all the votes are in, we will publish the winners special section in March,” Smith said. There will be one winner and two finalists that will be published in the winner’s special section.

We know the People’s Choice contest is important to the local businesses and organizations that compete. So, we are taking steps this year to increase transparency in our rules and decisions about which nominees are eligible for which categories.

Nominees/entrants are prohibited from soliciting votes by offering payments or exchange of value of any kind.

Voting is limited to one vote in each category per person per day. During the nomination phase, nominations can be entered once per category per hour.

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