2012: Going "Paperless"
After years of speculation, the Academy instituted an online voting option in December 2012, immediately drawing complaints from members who found the system’s multi-level security confusing and hard to manage. But the Academy extended deadlines and mailed out paper ballots to members who hadn’t expressed a preference—and at a membership meeting the following May, AMPAS president Hawk Koch announced that online voting had led to a record 90 percent turnout.
But that doesn’t mean those online votes existed only in cyberspace. In 2013, PwC partner Rick Rosas told TheWrap that his company counted the votes not by entering the paper ballots into a database, but by printing out the online votes and counting them by hand. “We want to have a paper trail for everything,” he said.