Oscars 1993: The ballot -- Stats on the paper ballots

By Jane Birnbaum
March 26, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

It’s Hollywood’s elite who vote for the Oscars, right? In fact, kids or housekeepers could be filling out those final ballots — they’re anonymous. Return envelopes are prestamped with 29 cents postage. But there’s more:

* Printed in black ink on white paper, the ballot measures approximately 8.5 by 17.25 inches unfolded and looks like nothing so much as a Chinese takeout menu.

* Price Waterhouse, an international accounting firm with offices in L.A., sent out 4,612 final ballots and numbered return envelopes by regular first-class mail on March 10. Return deadline is 5 p.m. March 23.

* Ballots may be marked with pen, pencil, crayon, whatever.

* Two Price Waterhouse partners summarize the tallies, select winners’ cards from two full sets of nominees’ names typed by a secretary using a PC, and seal them in the appropriate envelopes; each partner takes a set, one to be opened on stage and one as a spare.

* With envelopes locked in their briefcases, the partners take separate routes to the ceremony.