TV Tonight understands emails were sent to individuals on Friday asking people to verify their vote and personal details by tomorrow, Tuesday February 19th.
“Thank you for voting in this year’s Logie Awards. Your vote has been randomly selected for verification,” a link states.
“So that we can verify your vote, please click the link below – this will take you to a short survey where you will need to re-enter the personal details you supplied at time of voting (address, phone number and date of birth).”
But some readers contacted TV Tonight, worried that the link was a phishing scam and were reluctant to proceed.
Another indicated they had voted for Jordan Raskopoulos, following a social media campaign to land him a nomination and deliver a mock acceptance speech.
A TV Week spokesperson did not indicate how the random selection were chosen, telling TV Tonight, “TV WEEK creates the voting survey in conjunction with Roy Morgan, who are Australia’s best known and longest established market research and public opinion survey company. The data is collated by Roy Morgan, audited by Ernst & Young, and all votes are scrutinised. Where there is uncertainty about the legitimacy of a vote, numerous methods are employed to determine the vote’s validity, and email is amongst them.”
But with such a short time frame, it isn’t clear how many may be in jeopardy or ruled ineligible if they are not verified by tomorrow.
“If Roy Morgan haven’t received a response by the deadline, other methods are used to scrutinise the legitimacy of the vote. Unfortunately, Roy Morgan can’t share the verification methods with you, for privacy reasons,” said the spokesperson.