Public can vote for favorite Miss America contestants

Two local women vying for crown in national pageant

January 09, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION |
  • Miss Maryland Carlie Colella
Miss Maryland Carlie Colella

Tired of watching someone else do the judging for the Miss America Pageant?

Think you possess some unique skills in picking a winner?

Then this Saturday’s Miss America Pageant is for you, now that organizers have set up a process to allow members of the public to vote for their favorite contestant.

Among the contestants in this year’s pageant are two local women — Miss Maryland Carlie Colella of Hagerstown and Miss West Virginia Spenser Wempe of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Rules for public voting allow for one vote per person and Internet-accessible device per contestant through the voting period that ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, according to the Miss America website.

Voting is open to anyone at least 16 years old who is physically in the United States at the time of voting, the website said.

Voting is being conducted online at or

Voters can watch videos of contestants at the Miss America website at

Preliminary rounds for the pageant begin Tuesday at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, said Courtney Thomas, business manager for Miss Maryland. Competition in the preliminary rounds will continue Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday will be a free day, Thomas said.

On Saturday, 12 semifinalists will be announced based on scoring in the preliminary rounds, and one finalist will be chosen through public voting, Thomas said.

Thomas said she remembers when public voting for contestants was offered during a pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

“From year to year, they do a variety of things to generate interest,” Thomas said.

Watch Miss America

The Miss America pageant will be shown live on ABC at 9 p.m. Saturday.

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