The Dorrys – Rules

Note: in the rules, “The year” refers to the 12 month period beginning 8/1/15 and ending 7/31/16. “Local” refers to anyone living in Rhode Island, as well as cities or towns that directly border Rhode Island.

What are these border towns?
Going clockwise: Stonington, North Stonington, Voluntown, Sterling, Killingly, Putnam, and Thompson, CT; Douglas, Uxbridge, Millville, Blackstone, Bellingham, Wrentham, Plainville, North Attleborough, Attleboro, Seekonk, Swansea, Somerset, Fall River, and Westport, MA.

Who decides the nominees?
The month of July was an open call for nominees in nearly sixty categories that were roughly divided into Art, Books, Drama, Film, Music, and Performance. Those were merged with Law And Order Party’s own recommendations and then the nominees were whittled down to the top contenders – generally six – in each category. If there were not at least four nominees in a category, it was dropped for this year and replaced with a different category.

Who decides the winners?
In most categories, nominees will be scored on a scale from 0-18. A popular vote will decide half the score. After a month of voting, the 1st place in each category will receive 9 points. 2nd place will receive 7 points. 3rd, 4th, and 5th place will receive 5, 3, and 1 points respectively. Law And Order Party will assemble juries that will vote in each category with the same scoring system. The two scores will then be added together and the winner will be whoever has the most points at the end.

What if there’s a tie?
Ties will be decided on a category by category basis. Law And Order Party will decide the tiebreaker in half of all categories, and popular vote will decide the tiebreaker in all other categories.