Voting System

Following the Preliminary, Semifinal, and Phase 1 of the Final Round
The most straightforward and effective voting system is the “yes/no” procedure. After hearing the performance of each pianist, the juror must decide whether he/she wants to hear another performance by the pianist, and therefore recommends whether that pianist be passed on to the next round. In order to accommodate the likely variation among the opinions of jury members, a fine-tuning is added to this procedure. Each juror is allowed to express the extent of his/her conviction by assigning a number corresponding to the following evaluation:
3—Yes, absolutely, I want to hear this pianist again.
2—Yes, quite possible. I might like to hear this pianist again.
1—Could possibly be considered, if necessary. 
0—Not really.   
The scores throughout the entire Competition are not cumulative, and there is no weighting of any phase. The jury must take into consideration all the performances given by the competitor being scored up to the time a ballot is cast. 
Following Phase 2 of the Final Round
Each juror will be asked to write down on a ballot sheet the name of his/her first choice for the gold medalist. If there is a tie, there will be a runoff vote between the two pianists who received the top number. This procedure is then repeated with one vote for the second and, by default, third prizes.
Members of the jury will vote by submitting written scores for each competitor on the ballot sheets provided. Completed and signed ballots will be handed to the jury chairman at the conclusion of each round of the Competition. The scores from each ballot will be tabulated and handed to the jury chairman, who will announce the results to the jury. Individual juror’s scores will not be disclosed to the jury.

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