The final vote total was just over six million. The winning name is "Rudy" with just over 3.4 million votes. We debated what, if anything, to do about the robo-voting that seemed to take place at different times for several of the names. In the end, we did not have a rule against this automated voting (we had said people could vote as often as they like) and for our integrity we will accept the outcome of the total voting. The reality is "Rudy" and "Patriot" were in a tight race most of last week and we would have been happy with any of the eight names we selected for you to choose from.
We will review our voting process and may make some changes before it is time to vote again next year. We thank everyone for their name suggestions and their votes. Here's hoping for a successful fledge by "Rudy" in a few weeks.