[EDIT 2]: Ok, first off polls reopen at 1PM PT and close at 9PM PT on April 2nd. The total changes in vote totals are as follows:
All the votes from an IP address were removed if 5 or more votes were received in under a second. No more votes can be received from that IP address moving forward. If you have IT issues with voting, just send me an e-mail or leave a comment below. I will be keeping an eye on things moving forward and will delete any fraudulent votes on a daily basis.
Also, for my own sanity, I will be reviewing previous rounds prior to the Final Four to make triple sure fraudulent votes didn't impact any results.
[EDIT]: Hi everyone! First off, thanks for being super kind in your comments and e-mails. And I've done a review of the voting and DID find some strange activity across ALL FOUR polls. So I've temporarily closed these while I determine the best course of action. Rest assured, the closed polls you see below are NOT the final results.
For a little background, with my paid account this year I can see every individual vote linked to its IP address on each poll. Typically I see bursts of 25 votes from one IP address with each vote separate by one to two seconds. These two polls were showing bunches of three (and sometimes as high as five or six) votes within one second at a time from the same IP address. And this issue appears coming from multiple addresses. I created a test fake poll to see if my fingers could move fast enough to vote the quickly, and every so often you can slip in two votes within one second but that's it at most.
I need to go through the full list of individual votes (which on the larger polls are over 100 pages) to determine which IP addresses are the problem. I do have the ability to permanently block these addresses and delete the votes the entered. I'm leaning towards that route, but welcome any input you may have.
Of course, once polls reopen the end date will be extended.
Thank you again to everyone who reached out.
And the polls are OFFICIALLY OPEN! Notes for this round: