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What is Des Moines' People's Choice?

Des Moines' People's Choice invites, engages, and allows you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations, and people in our area. Our focus is on businesses and professionals that support, serve and do business in Polk County and surrounding areas.

Do I Have to Register?

Nomination surveys require registration of basic information from the submitter on the occasion we need to clarify an entry. However, we do offer you the opportunity to share your name, email and telephone number with us so that we can keep you up to date on the program. You may submit your nominees in any given topic area and return to complete the survey any time before deadline.

Registration may be necessary in the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and email address.

Can I Vote By Paper or in Person?

No. All nominations and voting are done through our website and links to our voting platform.

How Does Nominating Work?

We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses and establishments in over 230 categories. Once the nominees are finalized, our audience is asked to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, you are allowed to nominate without limits and during voting, vote once every 24 hours.


Our audience and business owners nominate their favorites by selecting one of 9 topic areas (Eat & Drink, Education, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Motors, Professional Services, Real Estate, Shopping & Things To Do). Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve Polk County and the surrounding areas.

Nominating is as simple as entering a name and city in text entry fields. It’s best, but not required, to provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify them (Phone number, address, URL). You may return any time before 5:00 PM Central Time, Friday, January 19, 2024 to add nominations.

Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase. Business associates and advertisers of Des Moines Radio Group, Des Moines' People's Choice and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment.

Users are not required to nominate in all categories within a given topic, but must submit the survey by hitting the "submit" button at the bottom of the survey page. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category.

The nomination period begins 12:00 PM Central Time, Monday, January 8, 2024, and ends at 5:00 PM Central Time, Friday, January 19, 2024.

Will Everyone that is Nominated be on the Ballot?

For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of five (5) separate businesses that are competing for votes. If a category is not qualifying, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been nominated.

I’ve Been Nominated, What is Required of Me?

Businesses, organizations or individuals that are nominated by our audience will be placed on our ballot after they are verified. Should a business earn enough votes to be in the top two they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire with basic business information including, Name, Location(s), Year Established, Business Hours, Phone Number, Web Address (if any) and submit or make available a photo of the business, organization or individual. There is no cost or obligation to participate.

How are Votes Tabulated?

In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, campaigns are permitted; however, Des Moines Radio Group at it’s sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude from the competition any businesses or individuals that engage in activities intended to “rig” or “fix” the voting process. Votes that are suspect may be disqualified in the count.

Use of bots, robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, vote exchange websites, vote “farming”, scripts or other automated means designed to circumvent “one ballot per person per day” rule, are not allowed. Contestants discovered using these methods for vote acceleration are subject to suspected votes being disqualified without notice, and the jeopardy of the Contestant being completely disqualified and removed from the competition.

Business associates and advertisers of Des Moines Radio Group, Des Moines' People's Choice and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment.

The regular voting period begins at 12:00 PM Central Time, Monday, February 5, 2024 and ends at 5:00 PM Central Time, Friday, March 1, 2024.

Can I “Write-In” a Business During Voting?

All nominations have to be verified prior to being placed on the final ballot. During the nomination process, we welcome all submissions.

Our ballot is a closed ballot, however; we will consider late entries into an established category by request. All late entries must be received by Friday, February 23, 2024. All late entries must be emailed to for consideration. 

When will Winners be Announced?

The names of the winners are posted and announced on Thursday, May 9, 2024 on and honored in our Des Moines' People's Choice special winners' magazine. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.

Des Moines' People's Choice and the unique logos are property of Des Moines Radio Group and may only be used with express, written permission. Logos are licensed to winners at a marketing spend or direct payment of $1,995 or more. Des Moines' People's Choice merchandise does not count towards the logo license spend.

Questions about Des Moines' People's Choice can be directed to our support desk These are the complete Official Rules. Des Moines' People's Choice is produced by Des Moines Radio Group. Digital experience is powered by Content ©2023 Des Moines Radio Group. Technology ©2023, part of NERUS Strategies LLC.

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