[Gossip] Online Oscar Voting Causing Problems For Some Voters
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.28.2012
Forgotten passwords, other login problems and more...
The decision of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to expand to online voting this year has caused some problems for people who signed up for it. THR reports that voting for the Oscar nominees is currently underway and running through January 3rd, and that while a great majority of members have registered to vote online, roughly half of those contacted say they've had problems with the voting site.
An AMPAS spokesperson says that complaints about the voting system have mostly been about "forgetting or misusing passwords." Passwords were created by members when they signed up for e-voting after paying dues in October; the passwords had to be at between eight and sixteen characters and include at least one alpha and one numeric character as well as one special character.
Several people have noted that after trying three times and being rejected, they were locked out of trying again until they contacted the help line where they had considerable wait times before being told that they could set a new password but would need to wait twenty-four hours for the password database to refresh before they could try again. One member noted, "It's easier to break into the CIA."
There is concern that this could result in less votes this year, with one member saying, "There will probably be a large percentage of people who will just say, 'Screw it,' and not even vote this year." Another added, "I have heard from several that it's been a disaster and they wanted to give up. Confused and frustrated people will just not vote."