Talkshows left off ballot

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A Daytime Emmy snafu left National Academy of Arts & Sciences officials scrambling Monday to alert voters to a program ballot that mistakenly left off the talkshow category.

As a result, skeins like “The View” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” were absent from the list. Omission also affected the rest of the program ballot, leaving the list of eligible shows in the remaining categories all jumbled.

New York-based NATAS started receiving calls soon after the ballot to choose the final Daytime Emmy nominees went online Monday afternoon, as did the rival L.A.-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (which consults with NATAS on the Daytime Emmy Awards but wasn’t involved with the balloting this year).

But thankfully for the National Academy, the ballot was located online, for the first time ever, in PDF form. Daytime Emmy officials were able to quickly correct the mistake after hearing about it.

Daytime Emmy director Brent Stanton said just nine ballots were cast using the incorrect form between the time the ballot was first posted and when NATAS yanked down the incorrect version.

Those voters will be contacted and ask to fill out a new ballot. All 1,800 eligible Daytime Emmy voters have been emailed about the mistake and told that it has been corrected, Stanton said.

“We were fortunate that most people didn’t go on the site immediately,” Stanton said.

This year reps the first time the Daytime Emmy balloting has been available online. Voters were required to provide NATAS with an email address; they were in turn given a link to the ballot site, where they are asked to print out and mail back their picks.

The balloting hasn’t been without hiccups: It was originally supposed to be available last week but was pushed to Monday. Voting will continue through the end of the month.

Late Monday, Stanton was breathing a sigh of relief. Had this mistake occurred on the old printed ballot, it would have taken days to correct — and required an entirely new mailing.

“If we had done this via snail mail, there’s no way we would have tracked this down,” he said.

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