The polls are open. Gambit’s 2016 BONO Readers’ Poll
— our 30th — is your chance to sound off on all kinds of New Orleans superlatives, from shopping and dining to special events and media: the Best of New Orleans.
This year's ballot has been optimized for smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers, and it's easier to fill out than ever, with autocomplete. You only have to complete 25 percent of the ballot for your vote to count (that's only 40 questions), but only one ballot per person will be counted. (Yes, you can fill out part of the ballot and come back and do the rest later — the computer automatically remembers.) Don't worry — there's no final "submit" button
; the software records as you go.
You can campaign to win in your category with our free promotional kit
, which can be used on social media, on websites or in brick-and-mortar establishments. On social media, use our hashtag #bono2016
Voting concludes July 31.
We know if you're cheating. Don't ask how. Your vote(s) will not count.
Bonus: Anyone who completes 100 percent of the ballot will be entered to win a $250 gift card to Massey’s Professional Outfitters.
And remember: As always, these results are all yours
— in other words, if you don’t want chain restaurants, defunct stores, bands that suck, people who don't live here any more and other dumb choices topping the list, you gotta vote. Vote smart, New Orleans.
The Best of New Orleans 2016 issue will be out Aug. 23, 2016.