The Great American Read

How to Vote FAQs

For Official Voting Rules, visit the Official Voting Rules page.

HOW CAN I VOTE?

First Voting Period: Begins May 22, 2018 at 8pm ET/5pm PT and runs until October 18, 2018 at midnight PT, during this time there are three methods of voting:

1. Online Voting. Vote online on The Great American Read website voting page, using either a valid email address or a Facebook login (“Online Voting”).

Limit one (1) vote per email address via Online Voting per book per day, and one (1) vote per Facebook ID via Online Voting per book per day.

2. Facebook Hashtag Voting; Twitter Hashtag Voting. Vote by posting an original post to Facebook using the official hashtag for your favorite book (“Facebook Hashtag Voting”), or posting an original post to Twitter using the official hashtag for your favorite book (“Twitter Hashtag Voting”). The hashtags for each book can be found on the individual book pages in the READ THE LIST section. Notes: To vote on Twitter, your privacy settings must be set to Public. Starting on July 10th, we will also include votes from Facebook Comments on specific posts from the official Great American Read Facebook Page. These posts will be clearly identified with instructions of how to vote using Facebook Comments. 

Limit one (1) vote per Facebook ID via Facebook Hashtag Voting per book per day, one (1) vote per Facebook ID via Facebook Comments Hashtag Voting per book per day, and one (1) vote per Twitter account via Twitter Hashtag Voting per book per day.

3. Text Voting. Starting on July 17th 2018 at 12:00:00 pm ET, if you are in the US you can vote by sending a text message with a unique keyword hashtag for your favorite book (“Text Voting”) to the Official Great American Read shortcode - 97979. There is one unique hashtag for each book. The unique keyword hashtags per book can be found here.

Limit one (1) vote per originating phone number per book via Text Voting per day.

Second Voting Period: Begins September 11, 2018 at 8pm ET/5pm PT and runs until midnight PT October 18, 2018. During this phase there is one additional way to vote:  

4. Phone Voting. Vote by calling a Toll-Free phone number for your favorite book (“Phone Voting”). There will be a unique phone number for each book. We will post each phone number to the Voting Methods page on September 11, 2018.

Limit one (1) vote per originating phone number via Phone Voting per book per day.

Note: PBS reserves the right to change the limit on the number of votes that may be made from each voting method. Additional voting periods and/or voting methods may be added as determined and announced by PBS in its sole discretion.

One day is defined as 12:00:00am PT through 11:59:59pm PT, with the exception of the first day of the of the First Voting Period and Second Voting Period, when a day is defined as 5:00:00pm PT through 11:59:59pm PT.

All voting methods will close on October 18, 2018 at midnight PT. We’ll reveal the results and announce The Great American Read winner in the final show October 23, 2018.

WHO CAN VOTE?

Online Voting is open to all individuals with a valid email address or a valid Facebook account in the Geographic Area (defined below) who are thirteen (13) years of age or older.

Facebook Hashtag Voting is open to all individuals with a public or private Facebook account who are thirteen (13) years of age or older.

Twitter Hashtag Voting is open to all individuals who are thirteen (13) years of age or older.

The following restrictions apply to Twitter Hashtag Voting:

Votes from accounts with default avatars will not count as valid votes

Votes from accounts created in the prior 50 days will not count as valid votes

Votes from accounts with fewer than 10 followers will not count as valid votes

Phone Voting is open to all individuals with telephone area codes from within the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia, US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Puerto Rico) and Canada (collectively, “Geographic Area”).

Text Voting is open to customers of participating wireless carriers with telephone area codes from the 50 U.S. States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Message and Data Rates May Apply.

Participating carriers in the US are:

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, Boost, Alltel, U.S. Cellular, Nextel Wireless, Virgin Mobile, Dobson, Cincinnati Bell, Cellular South, NTELOS, CellCom, Carolina West, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellular One, Centennial Communications, EKN, GCI Comms, Illinois Valley Cellular, Immix, Inland Cellular, Nex-Tech, Revol, United Wireless, West Central Wireless.

Participating carriers in Canada are:

Alliant, Bell Mobility, Eastlink Wireless, Execulink Telecom, Fido (Microcell), MTS, NothernTel, Rogers, Sasktel, Telebec, Telus, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, Wightman Communications, WIND.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I VOTE?

There is a limit of:

One (1) vote per email address per book per day or one (1) vote per book per day per Facebook ID via Online Voting

One (1) vote per Facebook ID via Facebook Hashtag Post Voting

One (1) vote per Facebook ID via Facebook Hashtag Comment Voting

One (1) vote per book per day per valid Twitter account

One (1) vote per book per day per originating phone number via Phone Voting

One (1) vote per book per day per originating phone number via Text Voting (US & Canada only)

WHEN DOES VOTING CLOSE?

Voting closes on October 18, 2018 at 11:59:59 PT.  After this time the toll-free lines will play a busy signal and your call will not count as a vote.   If you vote via SMS, Facebook, or online outside of the Voting Period, your vote will not count.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO VOTE?

Phone Voting using the toll-free numbers is free from landline telephones. If you are calling from a cell phone, airtime and applicable roaming charges will apply.

Text Voting via SMS is available only to participating US and Canadian wireless subscribers.  Message and Data rates may apply. If you have a text messaging plan the text messages you send will count toward your text messaging plan.  If you exceed your text message plan, then standard text message rates will apply to any text messages sent outside of the allotted text messages that are covered under your plan.  If you have an unlimited text messaging plan, then you will not incur any additional charges when texting to vote. Please consult your wireless contract or service guide regarding how much you will be charged for your standard rate text messages.

Online Voting and, Facebook/Twitter Hashtag Voting is subject to standard Internet access charges. If using a mobile phone, data rates may apply.

CAN I VOTE USING MY CELL PHONE?

Yes, you can vote via toll-free using your cell phone, although airtime and applicable roaming charges may apply. Contact your cell phone service provider if you want to know how much you may be charged. Also, if you are a mobile subscriber, you can vote via text message and message and data rates may apply. If you are a smartphone user, you can vote via Hashtag Voting and Online Voting. Data rates may apply.

I COULDN’T GET THROUGH OR ALL I GET IS A BUSY SIGNAL WHEN I CALL – WHY?

Although the telephone system is designed to handle large volumes of calls, there may be times (especially just after the show) when it will not be able to handle every call due to the volume and you will hear a busy signal or operator fault message. This is beyond the control of The Great American Read. If you are calling during the open voting window but can’t get through to cast your vote, be patient and try again, dialing carefully.

If you hear the busy signal, it may be that you are calling outside of the voting window. When your voting window closes, lines will switch from a ‘thank you for voting’ message to a busy signal.

WHAT WILL I HEAR IF I CALL THE TOLL-FREE NUMBERS?

If you call within the voting window, you will hear a pre-recorded message thanking you for voting. You will hear the same message regardless of which book you vote for/number you dial. You will hear this message even after exceeding the one (1) vote limit per book per day per originating phone number; however, votes above the 1-vote limit per book per day will NOT count. When the voting window closes, no more votes will be accepted and the toll-free lines will play a busy signal.

CAN I VOTE ON THE PBS WEBSITE?

You sure can! However, you must be thirteen (13) years of age or older and have a valid Facebook account or email address to vote online.  Go to go to PBS.ORG/THE-GREAT-AMERICAN-READ/VOTE (web or mobile) and click on “Vote” or “Log In” to vote for the book of your choice. If it’s your first time voting, you’ll be prompted to either provide your email address or Facebook login ID. Once your vote is cast, you’ll see a “Thank you for Voting” message.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY TEXT MESSAGE VOTE WAS COUNTED?

Text message voting opens at 12:00:00pm ET on July 17th 2018 for US and September 11, 2018 for Canada - if you text in your vote before then, you will get a message back telling you that the voting periods are closed and your vote will not count. Voting via text message is available to mobile subscribers in the US and Canada only and voting remains open for the allotted period mentioned above (see the When can I vote? section). There is a limit of one (1) text message vote per book per day per cell phone number. If you are texting during your valid vote period, you will get a confirmation message thanking you for your vote. Any votes made after your first (1) text message per book per day will NOT be counted. If you exceed your voting limit you will receive a message letting you know you have reached your limit via text voting. Message and data rates apply for each text message you send and receive. After the voting period closes, no additional votes will be accepted.

CAN I VOTE USING A PAYPHONE?

Calls from payphones will be blocked and will NOT count as votes. Please use a landline or cell phone to call our toll-free vote lines. Airtime and applicable roaming charges may apply when using your cell phone.

HOW DO I FIND OUT THE RESULTS?

Voting results will be announced on October 23, 2018, during The Great American Read final episode.

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