American Idol Voting Process Revision sign now

To Whom It May Concern,

as viewers of the Fox television show American Idol, we who have signed this petition feel that the voting system needs to be changed. Instead of being a talent contest and the best contestant winning, it has turned into "which fanbase can cheat through their votes fastest". It has surfaced that there are different internet programs that will allow you to get in thousands of votes, change your timezone so you can essentially vote for triple the amount of time that truthful telephone voters are able to, and there are also ways to get thousands of votes through text messaging. Your disclaimer claims that power voting is not allowed and those votes will be thrown out, however it is very difficult to determine these methods by which the power voting occurs when they are masked as regular phone numbers.

While we do enjoy the show, we feel that our involvement, which is supposed to determine the outcome of the show, has been compromised by those exploiting these tactics. This is not a pointless rant so please take this petition seriously and consider changing the voting procedure so that we as fans of the show can have faith in the voting process again.

Here are some suggestions:
another Fox show, American Inventor, allows one vote per phone. Dancing With The Stars allows 5 votes per phone and then you get a message saying you have reached your max on subsequent calls. After speaking with many in the community, here is what we have come up with as fair voting procedures:

There should be a limit of 5 votes per phone number and 10 text messages per phone number. This way noone can flood the phone lines and get in nearly 5,000 to 10,000 votes by themselves, which some people have openly claimed to doing. There will always be those who feel the need to cheat or exploit the system but this would cut down on that dramatically. These are just suggestions but we hope that you will please consider this request and take it seriously.

Thank you for your time and thank you for bringing us a great program such as American Idol.

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