The new electronic voting option introduced last month by the Academy was intended to make the process of voting for nominees more efficient for the Academy's 5,856 voters, but there have been complaints from some members about the online process. With some glitches and complications in the electronic voting, the Academy extended the deadline, which would have been tomorrow.
"By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible,” said Ric Robertson, Academy COO. “We’re grateful to our global membership for joining us in this process."
Tomorrow the online voting process will close for two hours (from 5 to 7 p.m. Pacific time) to allow for changes and smoother operation. Voters can choose to vote by mail, which prior to this year was the only way to vote.
The nominations for the 85th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time.
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