Diehard Australian TV fans who live overseas are voting for their favourites in the Logie Awards and side-stepping the entry rules to do it.
TV Week’s online voting is open to Australian residents once only and requires a name, address, phone and email.
But such is the determination of some fans living overseas they are turning to whitepages.com.au to fill in the fields and vote for their favourite stars. Through social media the loophole is being shared along with screenshots of “Thanks for Voting” replies.
Some are even using addresses of Aussie relatives to circumvent the rules.
The Logies have long been the subject of vote-rigging, harking back to the days when network publicists would spend afternoons filling out magazine coupons.
Since voting moved online stars with big social media followings have been able to push for results including Hamish Blake, Karl Stefanovic, Lee Lin Chin, Samuel Johnson and Grant Denyer -with a campaign from Tom Gleeson.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford said, “There should be some attempt to geo-block things from certain parts of the world. I wouldn’t have thought it was that complicated to do, particularly with shows that do have international followings.
“You can’t go ringing people to verify so the only solution is to geo-block.”
A TV Week spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Roy Morgan manages the verification of all votes for the TV Week Logie Awards and collectively we are confident the system is fair to all candidates.
“A detailed verification process is in place that eliminates invalid votes from the final tallies. The data verification process is much more complex than Googling and entering an address. Attempts to circumvent the rules do form part of the verification process, though details of the process are not made public.”