All of the preliminary round polls are now closed.
I am currently in the process of validating the results. Unfortunately (and despite my calls to keep the contest fair and in the spirit of its aims), I have encountered quite a number of clear-cut cases of cheating. Consequently, I have had to deduct votes off a number of blogs (not to penalize the blogs, but rather to eliminate the effects of the cheating itself).
After validating all of the results, I will begin to construct new polls for the Finals. Because I am going to be away on business this week, the new polls may not be up and running until next week. However, I will endeavor to have them up ASAP.
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