Multiple Emmy Voters Disqualified for Block Voting
Certain Emmy voters are in the doghouse.
The Television Academy recently disqualified an unspecified number of members for "block voting," Deadline reports. All of the members in question are actors, but they haven't been publicly named. The news comes just three days into the first round of Emmy voting.
Block voting is "a direct violation" of the competition's rules and member code of conduct, according to TV Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. He spoke out against the members' alleged actions in a statement on Wednesday.
"This type of activity will not be tolerated," Scherma said, per Deadline. "The Emmy stands for excellence and the integrity of this award is of paramount importance to the television industry."
The disqualification means that members will not be able to vote at all in the 2019 Emmy Awards competition. Their ballot entries and any votes they cast will not be counted. On top of that, it's possible the TV Academy will refer them to the Conduct Review Committee "for further disciplinary action," Scherma said.
Voting has been interesting this Emmy season already. The "Family Guy" team kicked off its campaign in May by jokingly misdirecting would-be "Game of Thrones" voters. Who knows what else is in store for us?
The first round of voting goes through June 24. The awards show will be held on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. PT.