Of course things can change in the last few days of voting before the deadline at 11:55 p.m. on March 31.
More importantly, even if Oldcastle wins the popular vote, there is no guarantee this blog will be the judged finalist.
Several years ago, I added an independent judging panel to the finalist selection process to overcome the popular vote system limitations. Namely, a large organization with many branches and employees, as well as suppliers and supporters, could easily co-ordinate a massive “get out the vote” campaign.
The popular vote IS important, because it indicates commitment and support for the finalist blog — and the judges certainly weigh the popular vote in deciding the winner. Notably, while the judges can review all the entries, they generally narrow their review to the top seven blogs, simply to make it easier make a decision.
So your vote, if you haven’t already cast a ballot, indeed counts, whether it be for Oldcastle and/or any of the other blogs on the entry list. (You can vote for as many blogs as you wish, but you can only vote once.)
Here’s the voting form: