Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Unofficial 2017 Worldcon Site Selection Results

I was one of Montreal's team members counting ballots for the 2017 Worldcon Site Selection. Once the results were determined, there was an agreement that the results would be embargoed until 23:15 PDT to allow the bids to talk with their own teams. About 45 minutes after that, I tweeted the summary results, and my phone went crazy with retweets.

Helsinki wins the 2017 Worldcon outright on the first ballot, polling 52% of first-preference votes with a near-record turnout.

There were 2624 total ballots cast, with 2605 expressing a preference. That means that to win on the first ballot, a candidate needed 1303 votes (a majority). The major candidates received:

Helsinki: 1363
DC: 828
Montreal: 228
Nippon: 120

The remainder were write-ins and invalid ballots, not affecting the result.

Technically, these results are unofficial until received by the Site Selection Business Meeting on Sunday morning. There is no dispute about the results, however, so the receipt of the results should be a formality. However, inasmuch as both I and jared_dashoff are part of 2017 bids, we'll both recuse ourselves from presiding over that part of the meeting in favor of Donald Eastlake III, the Business Meeting Parliamentarian.
Tags: site selection, worldcon, wsfs
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