Logie organisers call audit after Underground actor canvases to claim Most Popular Actor
Words: Darren Cartwright
A fringe actor's bid to influence the Logies Award voting may have had the desired effect after organisers started a random audit.
TV Week and market research company Roy Morgan have been conducting the voting and for the Logies nominees which ended on February 13.
During the voting period Jordan Raskopoulos, who had a supporting role in Underground: The Julian Assange Story on Network Ten, held the Logies up to ridicule on an online forum.
Raskopoulos played Julian Assange's hacker buddy Trax and also appeared in the 2008 series Stupid Stupid Man.
In attempting to influence the online voting for the Logies to claim Most Popular Actor, Raskopoulos said he would reward those who voted for him by letting them write lines of his acceptance speech.
However, an audit is underway of the voting and emails are believed to have been sent to selected individuals on Friday asking them to verify their vote and personal details.
They have until today to respond.
A TV Week spokeswoman says if there are any discrepancies during the collation of votes, an audit is conducted.
The magazine would not confirm if voting for Raskopoulos had set off alarm bells.
"The data is collated by Roy Morgan, audited by Ernst & Young, and all votes are scrutinised," the spokeswoman said.
"Where there is uncertainty about the legitimacy of a vote, numerous methods are employed to determine the vote's validity, and email is amongst them.
"If Roy Morgan haven't received a response by the deadline, other methods are used to scrutinise the legitimacy of the vote.
"Unfortunately, Roy Morgan can't share the verification methods with you, for privacy reasons."
Immediately after Raskopoulos made his bid to win online votes, Ten sought to distance itself from the fringe actor and said it "in no way endorses Jordan's campaign or comments".
In the online forum Raskopoulos included a draft of his speech, where he quoted from Lord of the Rings and Monty Python, and also promised to "lick Richard Wilkins" if the opportunity arises.
AAP via The Sydney Morning Herald. Lead image: Jordan Raskopoulos via the SMH.