There is still more time to vote for Gallatin as the Nicest Place in America.
Reader's Digest and neighborhood social network Nextdoor have extended online voting in the contest for one week until Friday, July 14, according to a spokesperson for the website. No specific reason for the change was given except to "give people more opportunity to vote."
Gallatin has led the poll since being named as one of 10 finalists out of 300 nominations last month. The city had received 28 percent of all the votes cast as of Thursday.
"This has really given Gallatin an opportunity to show their pride in their community," said Mayor Paige Brown, who nominated the city in the contest. "I've really enjoyed seeing people everywhere promoting it, sharing the message and trying to generate more votes. We're flattered, we're proud, we're excited and we're also very competitive."
Voting totals for the other finalists vying to be named the Nicest Place in America as of Thursday were:
- Pflugerville High School in Texas (20 percent)
- Rock Hall, Md. (18 percent)
- Hayesville, N.C. (9 percent)
- Oriole Park in Baltimore, Md. (8 percent)
- Franklin, Neb. (4 percent)
- KidsCycle: NS in Shorewood, Wis. (4 percent)
- The Doak's House in Waterford, Ohio (3 percent)
- Providence, R.I. (3 percent)
- South Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Wash. (2 percent)
To vote, visit www.rd.com/nicest through Friday, July 14. There is no limit on how often people can vote.
The final tally as well as other relevant factors, which include the embodiment of the spirit of the people in the place, will be considered by Reader's Digest editors when determining the nicest place in America. The winning location will be announced this fall and featured on the cover of the November issue of the publication.
"Regardless of what the outcome may be, I hope it encourages all of Gallatin to live up to being a nice place," Brown said. "Think about that when you're frustrated in a line somewhere or your neighbor makes you mad. Extend some grace, show some kindness, love your neighbor and that will make everywhere a better place."