Dancing with the Stars: Vote FAQ

Got questions? We've got answers!
1. How does the show work this season?
During the live show every Monday night for the Spring 2016 season, the stars will dance their hearts out. Then, fans like you vote for your favorite dancers. Your votes will be combined with the judges scores, and the following week, the pair with the lowest combination of votes and scores will be eliminated.

The scoring and format of the show is unique to the series and is not based on a standard dance championship. The competition is governed by the Official Rules made available to each couple; the summary here is for informational purposes only.

2. So how do I vote?
We have three convenient ways for you to keep your favorite stars dancing. You can vote by phone or do it online, either at ABC.com or on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/votedwts. You have to be 18 years old and in the U.S. to vote on ABC.com…sorry, tweens and international fans!

3. When exactly can I vote?
Phone voting begins during the show on Mondays, and is open until 60 minutes after the conclusion of that show per time zone.

Online voting at both ABC.com and Facebook opens each Monday when the show begins on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and stays open until 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) the next day. During the show's finale week, online voting will open when the show begins on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and will stay open until 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) the following morning..

4. What are the phone numbers for voting by phone?
Here they are:

Antonio Brown – 1 800 868 3401 FREE
Ginger Zee – 1 800 868 3404 FREE
Jodie Sweetin – 1 800 868 3405 FREE
Nyle DiMarco – 1 800 868 3409 FREE
Paige VanZant - 1 800 868 3410 FREE
Wanyá Morris – 1 800 868 3412 FREE

For your toll-free votes to count, simply dial the phone number for the contestant you wish to vote for during the correct time (vote windows are determined by your phone area code's region and vote lines are open during the show and for 1 hour after the show per time zone region.  If you call outside of your valid regional window, or if you call a number for an eliminated contestant, the lines will play a busy signal). No interaction is required by the user when calling for that vote to count. Please note that there is a vote limit, which is based on the number of contestants/couples at the start of each episode, down to a minimum limit of 5 votes. If you are having issues with voting via toll-free, remember that you can also vote online at ABC.com or on Facebook.

5. What if I want to vote online? Anything in particular I need to do first?
To vote at ABC.com, a username and a valid email address are a must. We've hopefully made the process pretty easy for you. In fact, if you already have a Facebook account, you can sign in with that, connect it to an ABC account and you're ready to go. If you don't have a Facebook account, you can simply sign up for an ABC account at ABC.com.

The Internet browser on user computers must allow cookies, have Javascript enabled and have the latest version of Flash installed in order to vote. If cookies and Javascript are disabled and Flash is not installed, users will be unable to access the online ballot.

To vote via Facebook, go here: http://apps.facebook.com/votedwts. You will need to have pop-up blockers turned off for Facebook and authorize the Dancing with the Stars voting app.

6. Multiple members of my household would like to vote. Can they?
Sure -- the more the merrier! Just make sure to log out and clear your browser cookies after you finish voting, then have your other household members log in with their Facebook or ABC.com accounts. It's perfectly fine to vote on the same computer.

7. I have an existing ABC account, why do I need to validate my email address?
The short answer is that we've changed our registration system for the better. When you log into your ABC account, you will be sent a confirmation email. Just click on the link inside. Once your account is validated, you're all set to vote for the season. We recommend you validate your account now so you're ready to roll come Dancing premiere night. You can sign in at the top of the page to validate your account.

Sometimes it takes a few minutes for the validation email to be delivered, so give it a few minutes. Also, be sure to check your "spam" folder to make sure the email didn't land there.

8. Help! I forgot my username and/or password.
Fear not! We can help. Head to the vote page—don't worry if voting's open or not—and click "sign in." Links to recover your username and/or password are just below the "password" field.

9. How do I change the email address associated with my account?
Once you're logged in, click on "profile" to manage all of your profile settings including resetting your password and changing the email address associated with your account.

If you're still having problems accessing online voting, send us your feedback here.

10. America's Switch Up Voting – what is is and how can I participate?

Voting for America's Switch Up will open at 5:00 pm PT on Monday 4/4/16 and close on Monday 4/11/16 at 10:00 pm PT. America's Switch Up will take place during week five of Dancing with the Stars, which airs on April 18, 2016.

For America's Switch Up, viewers can vote for the new celebrity-professional dancer pairings they would like to see by using Facebook or Twitter, or, by using a user interface on abc.com with an option to submit an EXTRA vote for the partner selection by sharing their vote to their personal Twitter and/or Facebook account(s). Viewers who cast their Switch Up votes on abc.com will also have the opportunity to vote for the type of dance they would like to see the newly paired celebrities and professionals perform during week 5 of the competition.   

To be valid, all votes (either originating from abc.com, Twitter or Facebook) must contain the following two hashtags: 1) #DWTSswitchup; and 2) #[first name of Celebrity still in the competition, the word "and" followed by the first name of Professional of the opposite gender who is still in the competition and not that Celebrity's original partner].  For example: #JaneandJohn".  Votes/tweets on Twitter must originate from public Twitter accounts (tweets from private accounts will not count).

After submitting a vote via the module on abc.com, voters can obtain an additional vote for their preferred celebrity-professional pairing by sharing their vote to their Facebook or Twitter feeds.  To do so, cast a vote for a celebrity-professional pairing using the module on abc.com, and then follow the instructions on the 'thank you' page in order to generate an eligible tweet or Facebook post in the hashtag format described above to receive an extra vote for your designated pairing. For example, if a viewer votes for Jane/John on abc.com and then uses the module to share their vote to their Facebook or Twitter feeds, Jane/John will receive two votes instead of one. Voting is limited to 100 votes per Facebook account and 100 votes per Twitter account per day (based on Pacific Time), inclusive of any votes cast: directly via Facebook or Twitter, via abc.com and/or via sharing to a voter's social feeds.

After the close of the America's Switch Up voting period, the Dance Couple pairings will be "switched" based on the total number of votes received for each pairing in accordance with the competition's official rules.

11. You Be The Judge Voting – what is is and how can I participate?

This season on Dancing With The Stars we are giving you the opportunity to be the judge and score alongside the judges during the Judge's Team Up Challenge performances on the Eastern/Central time zone broadcast of the show.  Visit http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/you-be-the-judge on Monday, May 9 from 8-10 p ET/7-9 pm CT and when prompted you can score the Judge's Team Up Challenge performances as they are showcased during the show.  Your score will count towards the Judges' overall score. 

You must be logged in to your Facebook account to score.  You may score each Judge's Team Up Challenge performance only once.  

The scoring window for each Judge's Team Up Challenge performance will open at the start of their performance and remain open for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, so stay tuned and keep your 'You Be The Judge' page open. The page will update automatically when it's time to score.

During the scoring window for each Judge's Team Up Challenge, you will see boxes numbered 1 to 10.  To score , select a number (10 being the highest, 1 being the lowest) and select the Submit button.  You will then see a page thanking you for your score with the option to share the fact you scored on Facebook or Twitter.  You do not have to share your score for it to register. 

Note: you will be scoring only the Judges Team Up Challenge performances later in the show, not the couple's individual performances.

'You Be The Judge' scoring will not be open outside of the Eastern/Central time zone broadcast, so if you are viewing the page outside of the 8-10p ET/7-9p CT window, you will not be able to play along.

12.  How will the You Be The Judge scoring work?

During each scoring window, select a score (10 being the highest, 1 being the lowest) and submit it.  At the end of the scoring window for each Judge's Team Up Challenge, we will calculate the average score given by the fans across all the audience scores.  That score will then be combined with the scores from the other Judges during the May 9 episode.


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