LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Rockford Art Capsule–a real contest or drawing? 

Dear Editor,

Color me a little confused here. Have the organizers of Art Capsule given any thought to how seriously flawed the contest’s voting procedures and rules are?

Done properly a contest should allow only one ballot per voter. Not so Art Capsule. Pads of tear-off ballots are readily available at participating contest venues throughout the downtown area. Ballot boxes are also scattered about at many of the same merchants.

What’s to stop someone(s) from picking up multiple ballots to repeatedly vote for a favored contest entrant who just happens to be a close friend or relative?

In order to insure the authenticity and validity of the voting totals the contest organizers could have chosen a single manned ballot pick-up and drop off location. The City’s downtown Welcome Center, already staffed by community volunteers, would be a perfect location.

As it now stands, contest entrants are being done a disservice. They will be forever left to wonder if their work of art entry won or lost strictly based upon viewer popularity and merit or, sadder still, did they simply win or lose based upon a stuffed ballot box!

Sonja Alberti
Rockford

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