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    I've had the same problem at my parties. Counting the ballots takes too much time and then people hover over you to see who is winning. Last year I glanced through the ballots and got the general idea on who the favorites were and from that I made my own decision on who the winners were. I will do that again this year because it was so much easier.

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    I like the idea of either making the decision or glancing over the votes and going with what seems to be the most popular, but then family politics comes into play.

    For example, last year my daughter and niece coincidentally both dressed up as a "broken doll." My daughter won the "Best Kids Costume" award, but we got flak from certain family about favoritism. There wasn't, as the votes were distinguished by name, not costume; but still. We've thought about excluding our kids, but that wouldn't be fair to them (my wife and I do exclude ourselves).

    Hopefully, going with the gel wrist bands will alleviate a lot of these pain points.

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    I like the marble and tube idea. You can have a different color of marble for each category, and issue each guest one of each color to prevent ballot stuffing. Color code the voting stations to match the marbles. (I'm sure there's a "have you lost your marbles?" joke you can work in somehow.)

    You could make it cheaply by using PVC pipe, and drill holes so you could see the marbles inside. If you wanted to get fancy you could back-light the tube.

    Other variations that occur to me are slotted track and checkers or poker chips.

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    If you have a kitchen scale, you could do the marble thing with mason jars, and weigh them. That would be a much quicker way to count. It would also allow you to quickly remove any cross-voted marbles by color.

    If the different colors of marbles end up being different sizes, you can check the weight for each color in advance, and divide the jar weight by the per-marble weight if you want an exact vote count. If not, all you need to know is which jar is heaviest, and it doesn't matter if one color is heavier than the other. All that matters is that all the marbles are the same color for any given contest category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkeleTom View Post
    I like the marble and tube idea. You can have a different color of marble for each category, and issue each guest one of each color …
    I like the idea, but unless I'm missing something (quite possible), I don't see how something like this would work when you have 60+ people and 5 categories. You'd either need 60+ different colors and 5 tubes, or 60+ containers and 5 colors.

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    The idea was black marbles for Scariest, green for Funniest, red for Sexiest, etc. Each guest gets a packet with one marble of each color. You vote by putting your marble into the jar/tube belonging to the person you are voting for.

    If you split people into categories you wouldn't need 60 for every category. Adults and kids might split the 60 about in half. Someone competing for Scariest wouldn't enter Funniest, etc. Maybe you would end up with 20 entrants/containers per category. It could still run into a considerable number of containers. (Now I am looking for bulk purchases...)

    Tubes would have the benefit of not taking up much horizontal space, compared to jars. Maybe soda bottle preforms? Set it up like a test tube rack? Even at 2 rows of 10, that would be around 2 ft wide.

    You could use skittles to make the votes smaller.

    Might work, might not. Hmm....

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    One track mind here... You could have a single jar for each guest (clip their photo to it), and let people put marbles for any category in it. Get five volunteers at the end of the night, and counting should go pretty quickly. "John gets three black, no green, two red, no clear. Victoria gets no black, no green, seventeen red, no clear." and so on.

    Or you could close the contest 45 minutes before announce time, and let people get their jar, count it, and write their totals on the scoreboard at their leisure during the time between closing and announcing. The scoreboard could be on a laptop (say, a Google spreadsheet), where you had them sign in when they arrived. They would know what they called themselves, find their row, and fill in their totals. You could even have multiple laptops signed into the Google sheet in different rooms, so people didn't stand around waiting.

    If you don't trust them to not misreport, make them produce their marbles to claim their prize.

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    I have used the ballot method and it is time consuming. Also had "secret judges" who walked throughout the party and picked the winners. That worked out pretty good. One time we did an actual contest on a stage and prizes were awarded by the loudest applause
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    oops… I forgot to come back to this and tell what we decided to do.

    We went with several colors of long pipe cleaners and it worked great. When someone wanted to vote for someone, they either simply gave them the appropriate colored cleaner for that category, or more often they wrapped it around their wrist. We had printed signs posted in various locations that contained the color for each category.

    The pipe cleaners allowed even people without pockets to carry their "votes" with them and it was easy to see who had the most votes. We had several people tell us how much they really liked the system.

    The only issue we had was when there was a tie in a category… Need to figure out a tie-breaking method before the next party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwll2112 View Post
    oops… I forgot to come back to this and tell what we decided to do.

    We went with several colors of long pipe cleaners and it worked great. When someone wanted to vote for someone, they either simply gave them the appropriate colored cleaner for that category, or more often they wrapped it around their wrist. We had printed signs posted in various locations that contained the color for each category.

    The pipe cleaners allowed even people without pockets to carry their "votes" with them and it was easy to see who had the most votes. We had several people tell us how much they really liked the system.

    The only issue we had was when there was a tie in a category… Need to figure out a tie-breaking method before the next party.
    THANK YOU! I have tried many ways over the years. This by far is the best! No need for strangers to know your name or get your costume name wrong. This saves my night!

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