The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is really shaking things up for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, and the latest change signals that the awards are finally entering the digital age. For the first time, the Television Academy is allowing its members to vote for nominees online.
Members have from now until June 26 to cast their votes. And the website makes it very clear that paper ballots are thing of the past. "There is no longer an option for members to receive a paper ballot. All voting will be done online," a notice on the website says.
The Television Academy has made other changes to the Emmy Awards as well. In early June, it announced that the nomination ceremony, which traditionally occurred at 5:30 a.m. PDT, would be pushed back three hours to 8:30 a.m. PDT to save everyone on the West Coast, including the press, from having to get up early. The Television Academy also increased the number of series in the comedy and drama categories to seven and introduced new guidelines for the categories, which it announced in February.
Emmy nominations will be announced in California on July 16 by Uzo Aduba ("Orange is the New Black") and John Stamos ("Full House").