Last week, Comic-Con suspended voting in the 2020 Eisner Awards after an “anomaly” was discovered with the website hosting the ballots. Now Newsarama is reporting that all existing ballots cast are being thrown out, and that new voting will need to take place for the awards.
At the time of the voting shutdown, Comic-Con issued the following statement:
“We were alerted to an anomaly with the site hosting the Eisner’s voting. We have closed voting and are investigating the situation. We will make an announcement as we have additional information. We’re sorry for the inconvenience to voters.”
Chatter on social media at the time was that a breach in the site hosting the voting had resulted in voters’ personal data being changed, though it was unclear if any votes had been altered as well. According to Newsarama, Comic-Con’s David Glanzer explained that votes will need to be recast via a new website platform:
“As a result of our investigation into the recently reported issues with the Eisner voting website, it appears this was not a malicious attempt but an error in the platform itself,” Glanzer told Newsarama. “While our examination of the records leads us to believe the problem is small and we have no direct evidence that any votes have been altered, out of an abundance of caution and care we have decided to re-run the vote with a current and secure voting platform.”
Voting has not yet been reopened for the Eisners, though voters who had previously cast their ballots will reportedly receive an email when the updated platform is ready to use. No word yet on when that will be, or for how long the voting window for professionals and nominees will be open.
Edited 6:34 PM Eastern: Voting for the Eisners is now open at www.eisnervote.com, and will remain open through June 30th.