Or is it finished? The rules say that the entry with the most votes at 5:00pm PST (8:00pm EST) moves on to the finals and has a one in nine chance of winning the $12,000 prize to Australia. However, when that time went by, the voting continued...and strangely, you can still vote this morning.
So, is someone sleeping at the switch? Did they forget to turn it off? Has it been extended? Should we continue voting? Do they have some computerized way of figuring out who was in the lead in each category when the time struck last night?
All kinds of questions, which I'm sure will get answered eventually, but right now it's kind of confusing.
But it's really confusing if you are entered in the "Kangaroo Island" category.
We are fine, or at least I think we are. We were over 3,000 votes ahead of our nearest competitor, so it's safe to say we won our category. But my cousin Brenda was in the Kangaroo Island category, and it was a race to the end. We still don't know if she won.
She was ahead by about 100 votes with an hour left in the contest. But the person coming up behind her was getting about a vote per minute somehow. With 15 minutes left in the contest, she was getting a vote every 30 seconds. I had the official U.S. time clock running on the computer and at the 5:00pm PST mark, I showed Brenda as being ahead by 1 (yes, one!) vote! It was a photo finish, and I don't know how they're going to figure it out.
And then there's the question of voting still taking place. To be on the safe side, we've come this far and it wouldn't make sense to stop now because what if something has changed that they haven't told anybody about? I know it doesn't make sense, but I think we should continue voting until we know for sure what's going on. Here's the two links...
Thanks for your patience everyone. I know this has been dragging on for a while, and I don't think we'll enter a contest like this again. Not one with this long of a time frame anyhow. Hopefully it has all been worth it. They announce the final winner on June 13. Or do they...?
(Edit: I have heard from the contest organizers and they acknowledge that there has been a problem of some kind. They are working on it and now the above links are no longer operational. They said that they will update as soon as they have something to say. Now, we wait.)