Best blatant ballot stuffer
Motor City Casino
With all the big bucks they’re raking in over there at the Motor City Casino, you would think they’d be paying someone enough to be a little more creative. Scores of ballots from the casino — all identically filled out, all in identical envelopes, all metered, sans stamps — arrived en masse. Did ya read the rules? The message was pretty clear. No ballot stuffing allowed. (We talked with folks in Motor City’s marketing and PR departments, and were told they had no idea how such a thing could have happened.) Had we counted all these ballots, MCC would have won about a dozen categories, including "best public art" and "best old building." Our verdict: Craps, Motor City — you lose. Except that, even with the stuffed ballots discarded, our readers still picked this place as the casino with the best food, as did our editors. So, next year dispense with the stuffing and we’ll quit dropping slugs into the nickel slots. Deal?
Best stealth ballot stuffers
We were about two-thirds of the way through our ballot counting when someone mentioned the unusually high number of votes the nightclub Luna was getting in multiple categories. The crew around the official Metro Times tabulation table replied in unison, "Yeah, I’ve been noticing the same thing." Unfortunately for the Royal Oak club, several of those counters happen to be investigative reporters, who then pointed out the obvious next step: call some of the people whose names and numbers are signed at the bottom of the ballots. We did. What we got were a bunch of folks who said they didn’t fill out no stinkin’ ballots. In fact, one gent had never even heard of Metro Times. Nick Cerulli, owner of the club, insists there was no organized effort on the part of his establishment to sway the outcome. Well, somebody did it. Must've been the man in the moon.
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