Frequently Asked Questions

How can my business be listed on The Daily Couriers Readers’ Choice ballot?

If you do not see a business listed on the nomination page you have until May 6 at 11:59 p.m. to nominate.  Businesses will be checked for validity, so please make sure the nomination is submitted with the correct name and the category is appropriate.  If a business cannot be verified, the nomination will not be published on the ballot.

Business can be nominated 1x per day per individual reader.

The top 5 most nominated business will move forward to the final ballot for voting.

Does a business have to advertise to be on the ballot?

No. The Daily Courier welcomes all valid businesses to be nominated in relevant categories for free.  The Daily Courier offers paid marketing opportunities for businesses to promote their nomination, but all businesses can be listed on the ballot upon approval (correct name and appropriate category).

Why don’t you have a cateogry for _____?

We receive this question frequently. While we wish we could include a category for every business in the Quad Cities, our resources are limited.

How many categories are there in the Daily Couriers Readers’ Choice ballot?

Voters can “Voice their Choice” in over 100 subcategories in categories related to Food & Dining, Bars & Nightlife, Arts & Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Just for Kids, Pets, Real Estate, Recreation, Leisure and Outdoor, Professional Services, Local Shopping, and Automotive, Boats and RV.

How Specific do I need to be when nominating?

The more precise, the better! In certain cases, nominations require sufficient details for approval. For instance, if you’re nominating “John” for Best Bartender, please include “John at The Dusty Saloon.” Similarly, if you’re nominating “Mountain Fitness” and the gym operates in various areas such as Downtown, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, please specify “Mountain Fitness Prescott Valley.” When no clear winner emerges among multiple locations of a company, they are often combined for consideration.

Can my business be nominated in multiple Subcategories?

Yes.  Businesses can be nominated in all relevant categories upon approval.  For instance, ABC Restaurants can be nominated for Overall Restaurant and Downtown Restaurant.  Businesses will be checked for validity, so please make sure the nomination is submitted in the appropriate category.  If a business cannot be verified, the nomination will not be published on the ballot.

Are there ways for my business to be promoted on the ballot?

The Daily Courier offers several unique and affordable ways for your business to promote themselves on this popular ballot, online at or in one of our 3 local newspapers.  Ask your account representative for more information or email

What is the best way for my loyal customers to vote for my business in the Daily Courier’s Readers’ Choice?

A simplified ballot system has been created online at Voters can cast their votes for local businesses in over 100 categories.

The Daily Courier has created a handy Promotions Toolkit to share with all your loyal fans!  Feel free to share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, email database and more!  Direct your fans to vote online at

Why do I have to make an account?

Our balloting software mandates users to create an account to monitor their selections. This measure aids in preventing fraudulent voting and enables you to revisit the ballot before the deadline to modify or add further nominations. Notably, no password is required!

How does the voting round work?

The five businesses that receive the most nominations in each category advance to the voting round.

How many times can I vote for a business?

You may vote once per day, per category.

How are businesses advanced to the voting round?

The top 5 businesses in each category will be advanced to the voting round. In cases where 4 have advanced and there is a tie among other nominees, there will be no runoff round.

What if there are ties in the voting round?

In the event of ties at the end of the voting round, there will be a one-week runoff round June 18th – June 25th

When is the Voting Period?

Phase I Nomination: Beginning April 8th through May 6th, 2024 at 11:50 p.m.

Phase II Voting: May 20th through June 15th, 2024 at 11:50 p.m.

Phase III Celebration: TBA

Rules: Click here