Baby of the Year Voting

Readers will be able to vote for their favourite child's photo by collecting special vote tokens published in the Express & Star from Wednesday, September, 11 until Saturday, October, 12 2019 and during certain times, by SMS.

Full voting instructions will appear in-paper in the published supplement and subsequent vote token panels.

Readers, over the age of 18, may vote for their favourite child's photo, as many times as they like, using the published in-paper vote tokens and up to a maximum of 10 texts per day during the text voting period.

Readers can only vote for up to 5 children on any Voting Tokens Return Form by indicating the child’s full name, 3-digit unique voting code number and by indicating the total number of votes per child. The unique voting code will appear in the Baby & Toddler of the Year supplement and online.

Any votes received with an incorrect, missing or illegible unique voting code will not be counted. Photocopied or defaced vote tokens will not be counted. Vote tokens must be cut around the dotted lines.

Vote tokens must be received with a fully completed Voting Tokens Return Form in the envelope. Votes received for children on incomplete forms will be declared void. Vote tokens can be sent in batches or all together in one envelope after the last one has been published on Saturday, October 12 2019. You must include Vote Tokens Return Form each time you send them in.

If posting, the correct postage must be used. Entries with incorrect/insufficient postage will not be accepted or collected from Royal Mail and the entry will therefore be void. No responsibility will be accepted for any submissions which are lost, damaged, or delayed in the post. Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery. Closing date for all printed vote tokens is 5pm, Friday, October 18 2019.

Any votes received after this date will not be counted. Each text vote will count as one single vote per text against the unique voting code number as indicated on the text. Full instructions for SMS text voting will be published in print throughout the text voting period. Text votes cast after the closing date will not be counted but may still be charged. Please seek the bill payer’s permission before text voting.

The child with the most votes in each category (combination of newspaper voting tokens and SMS votes) will be deemed the winner. In the event of a tie within each category or for the overall winner, a judging panel will choose the winner. The total number of votes for each entrant will not be disclosed. Votes will be counted and independently verified.