A couple of days ago I posted about being nominated by elliott.org for the “Favorite Travel Blogger” award. I shared my reasons for even mentioning it in the previous post, and it was intended more in good fun than anything else. The outpouring of support and kind comments reminded me once again that y’all are my BFFs. The voting was supposed to end at 5PM EST today, and last I checked I was leading by over 400 votes.
My mom even called me earlier this afternoon as she was clearing the mantle for my new award — “Benji, daddy and I are so proud of you, what a great honor.” It’s nice to have my career choice validated, even if for all the wrong reasons.
Well, the poll just ended and I was looking forward to giving my acceptance speech until I saw this on Elliott’s site:
Update (11/16): Thank you for your participation in this survey. Unfortunately, we’ve had some reports of voting irregularities. I’m going to need to investigate them before posting the results. Thank you for your patience.
One eagle-eyed Tweeter was quick to point out that obviously there was fraud involved:
But even my good pal Chris Elliott saw through it:
“Voting irregularities?” Are you trying to tell me that me busing people to polling stations and offering them free meals isn’t allowed?!
So, Chris Elliott, you’re an investigative journalist — can’t wait to see you get to the bottom of this one!